Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

Summary: Verizon may have killed off the Kin devices before they even get going with standard smartphone data pricing of $29.99 per month plus a minimum $39.99 voice plan requirement. Then if you want to take advantage of the Zune Pass integration you will have to pay another $15 per month to Microsoft (not handled through carrier billing).

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I had the chance to be at a launch event and use the Kin One and Two for a bit back in early April and stated that their success was highly dependent on revolutionary data plan pricing. As you can see in the full Engadget review Verizon may have killed off the Kin devices before they even get going with standard smartphone data pricing of $29.99 per month plus a minimum $39.99 voice plan requirement. Then if you want to take advantage of the Zune Pass integration you will have to pay another $15 per month to Microsoft (not handled through carrier billing). That is $85 per month, not counting taxes and fees that will most likely put you over $90 per month for a single Kin device. I have teenage daughters and there is no way I would pay $30 for each of them to have data on their phones and think Verizon is missing an opportunity to attract this younger market. I was hoping we would see something like $10 to $20 for an individual, some exciting $60 family data plan, or maybe a $50 to $60 per month data, voice, and Zune plan that would shock the wireless world and set new expectations for monthly carrier fees. Verizon continues to remain the highest priced major carrier and I serious doubts that many will find the Kin devices an attractive option.

The Kin One is priced at $50 after $100 rebate and the Kin Two at $100 after $100 rebate, which are decent prices for high end feature/smartphone devices. However, as I mentioned before the initial price is not what sells and the monthly fees have to be lower to attract younger customers and families. I would think a teen would rather ask for a $30 Palm Pre Plus that has an awesome gaming experience, good social networking integration, and a large selection of applications that grows every day.

I should be getting a couple of Kin devices soon and plan to have my two teenage daughters put them through testing so I can see if this old man's perception of the devices is accurate or not and am very curious what they think of the devices. Stay tuned for that article next week.

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  • RE: Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

    Keep in mind there is already a "Family Plan" for the Zune Pass, it's $15 a month for three devices. Although trading out a Zune for a Cell Phone feels like a downgrade to me.
    Robo74
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  • RE: Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

    Agree completely that Verizon Wireless just killed the Kin. Requiring the $29.99 data plan is ridiculous especially considering the demographic these phones are aimed at. You can get a more featured Windows 7 phone in the near future for the same price. So if the Kin fails its all because of Verizon.

    [i]I should be getting a couple of Kin devices soon and plan to have my two teenage daughters put them through testing so I can see if this old man??????s perception of the devices is accurate or not and am very curious what they think of the devices. Stay tuned for that article next week.[/i]

    I'll be looking forward to that article. The Kin phones really interest me and would love to know what others think of them.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Headline is kinda silly...

    That's like saying, "Want voice, data, and 15 tracks from the iTunes store? That'll be $85 each month."

    Difference is that with Zune you get a whole lot more music and can put it on 3 phones instead of 1.

    We're all bummed about the pricing, Matt, but let's keep some perspective. Verizon is the one to shake a fist at. It has nothing to do with Zune or Zune Pass.
    ericesque
  • Don't forget texting

    Even with your $85 plan, it won't do texting -- the one thing you'd think kids would be using it for most. Add that in and you have one expensive dumbphone -- more expensive than the most expensive smartphones, even.
    BiffTannen1955
  • RE: Want a Kin with Zune Pass? That will be $85 plus taxes each month

    Your $85 plan is not bad. Even i want to have a try. but i have to save money to buy <A rel="dofollow" href="http://www.ledgrowlightschina.com/">LED Grow Lights</A> this month. "more expensive than the most expensive smartphones, even." really.
    snoyyl