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The phone was rumored to have sold around 8,000 units

Microsoft's Kin smartphones made Palm's struggling Pre look like marketing genius.  Released exclusively on Verizon about 2 months back, the pair of phones marked the culmination of Microsoft's reportedly $500M USD purchase of Danger (makers of the Sidekick).

The phones lacked features found in Android, the iPhone, or other modern smartphones and were marketed with a series of controversy-laden ads.  In the end they reportedly sold around 8,000 units.

Following Microsoft's decision to pull the plug on future Kin-related endeavors, Verizon this week decided that it had seen enough.  It is ceasing sales of the phones, pulling them from store shelves, and shipping the remaining supply (which is mostly untouched) back to Microsoft.

While it's no real skin off Verizon's back considering the carrier's well-packed stable of smart phones and plethora of smart phones, the metrics of the screw-up for Microsoft are staggering.

If you assume to $500M USD Danger purchase cost and that 8,000 units were sold, that works out to a cost to Microsoft of $62,500 per phone.  At that rate Microsoft might as well have been giving away small bars of gold with a phone built in.  And that's not even including the two years of engineering that Microsoft financed to launch the phone and the extensive advertising campaign.

As Microsoft readies Windows Phone 7, its surely a bit nervous as it watches Verizon nail Kin's coffin shut.  Its room for error in the smartphone arena is close to exhausted.

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Who is responsible...
By androticus on 7/19/2010 11:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have been watching Microsoft with my mouth hanging open for many years now. Failure after failure after epic failure. Yes, the money from Windows and Office still rolls in, but what about new product? And what about Vista, the 1B$+ Xbox 360 debacle, the failure of Windows Mobile and the belated release of Windows Phone 7, now the kin, and on...

When are shareholders going to hold STEVE BALMER accountable for his company's long, consistent string of epic failures???

RE: Who is responsible...
By Smilin on 7/20/2010 12:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Vista is done.
The RROD is done.
The delay on WP7 is over.

You're a couple years behind on your griping man. Need to come up with something new.

failure after failure eh? That's what you call $15 BILLION bucks quarter after quarter?

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