Oh, Kin, We Hardly Knew Ye
Within two days, two lines of phones have been killed off: Microsoft's Kin, and now the Sidekick.
With Microsoft, it was a case of too little too late. They launched the phone less than two months ago, and discontinued it due to low sales numbers, there are rumors that only 500 units were sold. Though the company has not confirmed or denied that, it's actually a hard number to believe. Then again, slashing the prices from $130 (Kin One) and $150 (Kin Two) down to $30 for the One and $50 for the Two in a month's time is never a good sign. Today, those phones are no more, and the entire Kin team is said to be moving into the core Windows Phone 7 team, according to reports. This was all revealed on June 30.
Oh, Sidekick, We Had Forgotten About You…
Fast forward less than 24-hours, and T-Mobile is dropping the Sidekick line of phones. Not all is totally lost, though. The official statement from T-Mobile says that they are looking into the "next chapter" of Sidekick, whatever that means:
As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next iteration of the T-Mobile Sidekick, as of July 2, the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available through T-Mobile, including retail stores, care, telesales and online. While we work on the next chapter of our storied Sidekick franchise, T-Mobile will continue to provide our loyal Sidekick customers with product service and support. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.
Maybe more people are using smart phones, and slowly moving away from phones that don't carry out all the functions that users demand in this increasingly connected world.