The last couple of fire sales from the company included $49 HD DVD players, as well as permitting retailers to sell older Xbox 360 for as low as $99 after taking into account a bonus gift card.
The latest fire sale however is for Microsoft’s KIN One and KIN Two phones. The phones are being sold on Amazon.com without contract for very low prices; $199 for the KIN One and $299 for the KIN Two.
At first, you might think that this is a raw deal still; after all, these weren’t smartphones. However, they do double as Zune HD players (sans HDMI output), and include enough storage to double as powerful feature phones with music capacity.
The mandatory $29.99 data plan can even be worked around, if you are willing to activate on Page Plus Cellular. However, be careful, KIN does use data at will for social networking and email features… you may want to turn those off if using it on unofficial prepaid MVNOs.
Of course, if Microsoft really wanted to throw KIN users a going away present, it would be an optional firmware flash to Windows Mobile 6.5.3…