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MICROSOFT KIN BIGGEST FLOP EVER - Only 503 KINís sold in under 3 months
Sim Basics ^ | July 8, 2010

Posted on 07/09/2010 7:41:25 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry

One member of staff at Microsoft working on the KIN project said:

“We had a huge launch party on campus and I bet that party cost more than the amount of revenues we took in on the product. As an employee, I am embarrassed. As a shareholder, I am pissed. It’s one thing to incubate products and bring them to a proof-of-concept to see what works, but it’s something else to launch. I suspect we launched because we felt like we had to so we could save face because we were trying to build buzz, but overall – huge fail”.


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No antenna gripes from the 503 units sold that I'm aware, lol.
1 posted on 07/09/2010 7:41:28 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Neither my kids or I have ever heard of this phone.

Maybe that’s part of the problem.


2 posted on 07/09/2010 7:43:21 PM PDT by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I got a flyer in the mail the other day, buy one, get two free.


3 posted on 07/09/2010 7:44:39 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I wonder if Clippy has one.


4 posted on 07/09/2010 7:46:04 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Marie

Well, it wasn’t due to a lack of money spent on advertising the thing. The campaign has been widely panned as “creepy.”

http://vodpod.com/watch/3419318-microsoft-kin-launch-ad-campaign

Here are a couple YouTube vids, the first one is especially weird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCakBlWTwJK0

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DAHD5m4tiJ4o


5 posted on 07/09/2010 7:47:09 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: razorback-bert

I think it is was designed for use by elementary students. Wonder why that didn’t take off?


6 posted on 07/09/2010 7:47:40 PM PDT by GAGOP
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To: RegulatorCountry

KIN as related to whom?


7 posted on 07/09/2010 7:47:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A Kangaroo Is Loose In The Top Paddock)
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To: razorback-bert
But, but, but ... it's a social networking cellphone. You can communicate with your friends on Facebook, lol.
8 posted on 07/09/2010 7:48:39 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

What is a Kin?


9 posted on 07/09/2010 7:48:43 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: SkyDancer
KIN as related to whom?

Microsoft Bob, apparently.

10 posted on 07/09/2010 7:49:40 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

I had a chance to see the KIN system early on and it was pretty brilliant in the way it operated with sites like Facebook. Very clean, very efficient. It seemed to come at the wrong time. Not my bag of a mobile system (I like the Android OS) but it had several brilliant components.


11 posted on 07/09/2010 7:50:14 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: RegulatorCountry
Let's see, number of Verizon stores in the United States... I'd take a guess that the number is somewhere near 4,000. So only 1 in 8 stores even had a Kin, if the sales amount was only 503. Or perhaps Microsoft provided free Kins to every store, then provided all the inventory for free, and would get paid only for phones that were sold...

Somehow, I think the 503 unit number that's floating around is completely bogus. But if it is a real number, if Microsoft did something unheard of in the cellular industry and did a 100% consignment inventory, only getting paid for units sold and activated, then that person should be served up as a delicious treat to stockholders at the next annual meeting.

12 posted on 07/09/2010 7:50:54 PM PDT by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: omega4179
What is a Kin?

It was Microsoft's rookie mistake of a cellphone. A whopping 503 sold in three months, then scrapped.

13 posted on 07/09/2010 7:51:09 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: tacticalogic
I wonder if Clippy has one.

Ah, Clippy. The lone survivor of Microsoft Bob. I just love the retro look and feel of a cheesy animated GIF. It's like midcentury modern, but on a PC.

14 posted on 07/09/2010 7:53:49 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

OK. That was awkward...


15 posted on 07/09/2010 7:53:53 PM PDT by Marie (Obama seems to think that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Camp David, not King David)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Does that make the Kin the “next of Bob”?


16 posted on 07/09/2010 7:54:58 PM PDT by mikrofon (My condolences to the family...)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Whatever happened to Bill Gates? Remember the nerdy guy with the glasses that used to shake his legs all the time? Whatever happened to Bill Gates? A bundle of nervous energy who did not know how to dress properly. A guy who went to the Xerox place out in Palo Alto or some such place and stole the idea for the mouse and a graphical interface system. Yeah, that guy.

Whatever happened to Bill Gates? Remember he was one of the richest guys in the world and everybody trembled at how he was about to take over the entire world and make slaves of us all? Whatever happened to that notion?

Microsoft. Big company. Lots of revenue. Dominant positon with respect to the OS. Unstoppable. Behemoth. Colossus. Whatever happened to Bill Gates?

Now we got this really weird guy running Microsoft. Steve Ballmer is his name. Check out the videos. This guy is weird. Even weirder than Bill Gates. What is going to happen to Microsoft in the years ahead?

Remember when Microsoft was going to rule the world? What happened?

17 posted on 07/09/2010 7:56:45 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 43 days away from outliving Francis Gary Powers)
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To: mnehring
It seemed to come at the wrong time.

Maybe they can give them away for signing up to Facebook. They'll make it up on volume, lol.

18 posted on 07/09/2010 7:57:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
It was just a test.

I don't know what they learned from it. MS actually does have some innovations, and they kept this low profile to keep the vultures from ripping off their stuff, as per usual.

I find it interesting that Apple and a bunch of others are getting sued because they ripped off RIM (backberry)E-mail applications. RIM was the only one licensed to use it.

19 posted on 07/09/2010 7:57:52 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: RegulatorCountry
so we could save face because we were trying to build buzz, but overall – huge fail”.

Ahh, alas a huge fail...

But not an EPIC FAIL


20 posted on 07/09/2010 7:58:25 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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