And a look at the Kin/WP7 press releases questioning if people actually believe the PR anymore.
Ive certainly had a laugh at the disaster that was the Kin. What made the failure so comical was that up until the point of total #fail, the Microsoft faithful were promoting the phone to the bitter end. They did not go down without a fight and I fondly remember the Kin phone being described by a Microsoft advocate as:
the greatest social networking phone that has ever been built.
Of course everyone could see what an utter disaster it would be – everyone except those trying to sell it, or those trying to create interest in it.
You can read the article I wrote earlier in the year, but even before the Kin was released it was obvious to me that it wouldn’t sell.
Recently on the TechBytes audiocast, I mentioned a rumor that the (presumably) 1000’s of unsold Kin’s would be getting knocked out for Xmas at bargain bucket prices. At the time it was merely a rumor, but it seemed to make perfect sense to sell off the junk tech rather than (as per my other suggestion) stockpiling them and using the phones to plug up the next leaking oil well. The Register says:
Microsoft’s KIN phones are back from hipster hell, with Verizon pushing the unwanted phones in the run-up to Christmas.
The Register is reporting that Verizon will be selling the Kin Two for $219.99 (without contract) and the Kin One for $119.00 (without contract)…..but wait there’s more. Tie yourself down with a contract and one of these things you can get them at the bargain price of $49.99 and $19.99 respectively. You can read that article here.
So there you go and maybe an advert for how durable the Kin “phone” is? It’s certainly got a thick skin.
Microsoft and Figures
I don’t think its unfair to say that figures from a Microsoft advocate are as reliable as a cashing up ledger from an employee with their hand in the till, but it does seem that Microsoft is rather unwilling to specify exactly how many of these Kin’s have actually been sold.
It’s generally touted that the figure is “less than 10,000” however that’s hardly exact and there were some very nasty rumors that the Kin phones only sold around 500 units.
What the Kin tells us about Microsoft
Firstly I would like to apologize to anyone unfortunate enough to have either bought a Kin or been tied down to a contract with one. I do not mention the Kin as a way to ridicule or insult you, but rather an indictment of what Microsoft saying being far removed from reality in my view. I wrote an article about this which looks at numerous Microsoft Techs, what they said, what users thought and what was the outcome. I wrote an article on this too which looks at this further.
Before considering in one of Microsoft’s new schemes or “techs” I would ask you to look to the examples of the past if you can find any original Microsoft PR and statements regarding the Kin, have a look, see what Microsoft and its advocates say and then look at what recent history said about the Kin.
From Microsoft Press Pass with a bold title of: “Microsoft Ushers in the Next Generation of the Social Phone With KIN, a New Windows Phone” they make some gems of statements, which sound to me very much like the ones they’ve just made about their Windows Phone 7.
Lets examine some of these now:
KIN is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.
And now lets look at a Windows Phone 7 press release
…. bringing together the things they care about most and helping them to get things done faster
Certainly when it comes to working with its partners WP7 and the Kin have a lot in common, here’s the Kin and their “partners”:
Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation — a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment….
and now Windows Phone 7:
Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most.
which if you notice links into the first Kin press release quite nicely.
The point of all this is, Microsoft can shout very loud. Granted, in the case of the Kin people didn’t go for it, but the tactics used by Microsoft advocates in order to push WP7 should be considered alongside the history books of Microsoft and mobiles.
Fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me.
People often say when talking about Microsoft products “same old, same old” is there really anything new happening with WP7 and is it any surprise that its rumored to have only sold around 40,000 units? You decide.
For me Microsoft and its “mobile solutions” won’t be fooling me again and Im already on record saying that I believe WP7 will flop.
Goblin – firstname.lastname@example.org
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