According to our sister site CNET, sales just haven't been where they should be by now for these two mobile devices. So without any official announcement, Verizon just cut prices to $29 and $49 for the Kin One and Kin Two respectively. Naturally, those low, low prices will still require the signing of a two-year service contract.
But price drops aren't always the answer to saving a product, especially when there are still a whole bunch of other costs tacked on to these phones as ZDNet's Zack Whittaker pointed out. The Kin series is a unique one because it is targeted specifically toward a youth demographic. It's a niche product, but is it...too niche? Instead of lowering prices, improved features might do the trick, or just trying to attract an additional demographic in general.
Related coverage on ZDNet:
- Have YOU bought a Microsoft Kin handset?
- Mark/Space developing Microsoft Kin media sync software for Mac
- First thoughts on Kin One and Two from teen reviewers
- Verizon releasing Microsoft Kin phones online on May 6; pricing starts at $49.99