Prices slashed on Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two

Summary:While Apple's latest smartphone is breaking records, Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two handhelds aren't doing so hot. What could help boost sales? A price drop!

While Apple's latest smartphone is breaking records, Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two handhelds aren't doing so hot. What could help boost sales? A price drop!

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.

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Topics: Microsoft

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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