Following Microsoftâ€™s decision to kill the Kin platform earlier this month and a massive fire sale after low sales (rumored to be between 500-8000 devices total depending on whoâ€™s counting) two months after launch, Verizon employees have confirmed that sales of the Kin One and Kin Two devices will be halted today in stores.Â The devices are still available for sale online with no immediate word on if the devices will remain in the lineup after existing stock is sold and the devices will no longer be sold internationally via Vodafone as initially planned.
The Kin platform faced serious challenges from the outset as it did not support storage expansion or third-party applications, nor did it feature the applications that its intended target audience would use the most as the devices were launched with rudimentary support for Facebook and Twitter, while not even supporting instant messaging or calendar functionality until the recent announcement of a future update later this summer.
Ultimately, the Kin will be relegated to the footnotes of Microsoftâ€™s mobile platform history as it struggles with its attempts to regain marketshare in the mobile operating system landscape while dealing with its own issues of too many platforms and decreasing support for its current Windows Mobile platform before the launch of Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 is expected to include support for the Kinâ€™s major features in The Loop and the Kin Studio via updates in the future.
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Update: Verizon has pulled the sales listings for the Kin One and Kin Two on its online store, while an internal employee memo has confirmed the sales halt, with new instructions to return all remaining inventory to the distributor.