Microsoft KIN Mobile Phone Will Now Be Available On Verizon Wireless Network

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For people who want to keep up and share everything going on in their lives with
the people who matter most, Verizon Wireless and Microsoft Corp. will make KIN
available online on May 6.  Designed specifically
for people who are actively navigating their social lives, KIN blends the phone,
online services and the PC.  Both KIN phones feature a touch screen and
slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it easy to:

  • Always stay in the loop: With the KIN Loop, all of your favorite
    people and things you love are right on your home screen in real time.  You tell
    KIN who and what is important, and it delivers the latest updates from your
    favorite websites and social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
    You can discover and share, all from one place.
  • Share your story with the world: The KIN Spot is the new way to
    share.  Share almost anything – photos, texts, Web pages – with almost anyone.
    Since the Spot is always on your screen, it’s unbelievably easy to drop stuff
    into the Spot and send by text, e-mail or social network update.
  • Your phone, on the Web: With the KIN Studio, almost everything on
    your phone – messages, contacts, photos and videos – are backed up to a private,
    password-protected website where you can visit all of your memories anywhere
    there is a computer.  And with virtually unlimited storage, there’s almost no
    limit to what you can keep.
  • Capture and share all your memories: The KIN Camera captures all the
    moments that matter most, and makes it easy to share them.  The KIN ONE has a 5
    MP lens while the KIN TWO has an 8 MP lens and shoots video in HD.  With
    anti-shake, autofocus and an LED flash, KIN lets you take amazing pictures, even
    in low light, and post or share them with just one touch.  And all your memories
    are backed up with tons of storage in the KIN Studio.
  • Tunes and info – at your fingertips: Find what you need on the go:
    • Zune – KIN is the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience –
      including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback.  With a Zune Pass
      subscription and Zune software on your PC, you can listen to millions of songs
      from Zune Marketplace on your KIN while on the go or load from your personal
    • Bing – Web and Near Me (location-based) search.
    • E-mail – Support for all popular Web-based mail, POP/IMAP services,
      as well as Exchange for business e-mail and contact sync.  Each e-mail account
      has its own screen so it’s easy to navigate.
    • Browser – With KIN, you get full, rich PC-like browsing.  You can
      pan, scan and zoom in and out using touch gestures.  And browsing is social;
      it’s easy to share a snapshot of the website you’re viewing by dragging it to
      the Spot.

Pricing and availability

  • Starting May 6, KIN is available online at
    and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Thursday, May 13.  KIN ONE is available for $49.99, and KIN TWO is available for $99.99, both after a $100
    mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive
    the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card
    as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  
  • To get the most from KIN, Verizon Wireless customers will need to subscribe
    to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone
    plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly
    access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit
    a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to
  • For more information and a specification sheet, please visit


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