Just this week, Verizon slashed pricing on the Kin phones, aimed at young hipsters, in a bid to boost reportedly anemic sales. But the $30 monthly data plan the Kin required remained a big hurdle to luring the target demographic. Here's a statement from Microsoft on the matter:
"We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."
Not a promising start for Microsoft as it tries to get back in the smartphone game.