Microsoft KIN Coming To T-Mobile?

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On April 12, Microsoft announced two new mobile handsets, the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO. These devices were targeted at the younger social networking crowd. At the time of the unveiling, Verizon Wireless was the exclusive carrier, but it looks like the exclusivity might be short-lived. According to the findings of a well-known Windows Mobile ROM hacker, the KIN OS system provisioning files consist of carrier files for T-Mobile USA, AT&T, and a whole bunch of other overseas carriers. Of course, these could just be temporary files created for demonstrating the handsets to the carriers on their own networks back when Microsoft was originally pitching them. So, until we have further confirmation, please take this with a grain of salt. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Tate

    Would anyone want to see these on Tmo besides me?

    • Sweezy

      …no

    • Shayne Carlos

      of course i would! i want a kin2!! i would def buy for the full price..it would go great with my hd2!

    • Cosign

      …yeah, NO.

  • kevdogg

    want to see those on tmo? not a chance! what a couple pieces of sh*t. total crap fest.

  • louie

    not interested. saw video on youtube looks messy and confusing

  • Solidus433

    The one on the left isnt THAT bad looking. The one on the right is uglier than sin. They both look too small. I guess for smaller hands(younger texters)? I dont see a point in tmo picking these up whith the mt3g slide comming in June.

  • jmts80

    Yeah… Verizon can keep Thing 1 and Thing 2

    • http://flavors.me/thisgemini Gem

      HAHA! Hilarious how you put that!

      I do think that these KINs aren’t bad, but I kinda wished T-Mobile would had better phones; The HD2 is the ONLY one I have my eye set on, but they can’t keep the darn thing in stock, which is so bad for their service. I mean, look @ Vodaphone. I know that’s out of country, but man, don’t they have some wonderful phone selections ..

      Look @ me .. here, stuck with my G1. It has been good to me, though; ain’t gonna lie!

    • Cosign

      Haha. Yeah, They’re Sucky McSuckPants.

  • Cybersedan

    Bring them on, kids are people too, these will be a good addition for tweenie texters. Because a phone doesn’t appeal to you doesn’t mean it wont help tmo.

  • akawik

    lame phones p.s not coming to tmobile just conformed thank god. spend your money on good phones tmobile

    • George

      O really? You confirmed this because your best friend works at T-mobile and told you so?
      1) saying you confirmed it means absolutely nothing
      2) At least spell “confirmed” correctly …thanks =)

  • Phani9

    no. i want the sony ericsson Xperia X10.

  • http://www.crowfans.com Frank

    I’d rather see the Iphone come to Tmobile.

    • FILA

      pshhh

    • nate

      are you kidding me?!?! the iphone is done. there are so many other phones that are more interesting and useful. if you want the iphone you’re probably A)a child, and B)not interested in using it but rather just need a way to pin it to your shirt so everyone can see you have it.

  • Alex

    The xperia is another joke. But hey, the more phones the better.

  • andrew

    this phones are to damm small for me

  • yeeeeee

    I love the form factors, but I’m not so sure about the operating system. Looks refined and all, but if it was aimed toward younger generations (like me), they’d make the UI nice and simple and still pack a punch. Just sayin’!

  • Matt Hatter

    God, I hope not. We got the Sidekick, and that’s enough. Let Microsoft screw another company with their Cloud technology. This Project Pink crap or whatever it is they are calling it will be an epic fail. Let Verizon take the hit for once. T-Mobile, sit this one out please. Keep pushing for better phones from the companies that haven’t let you down yet, like Nokia and HTC. Maybe you’ll work on hooking up with HP now that they have purchased Palm. I hate Palm, but they sell…ish. Work on getting exclusivity with Dell as they venture out to phone market too. Perhaps we will get that new iPhone that Gizmodo is getting in so much trouble over, but leave these to the dregs of mobile technology society, please.

  • Shayne Carlos

    these phones are great with some good hardware specs which currently out do most of the smartphone line on tmobile…i like what ms had done with kin, its new and exciting. there is a huge market for these type of phones..teens are what started the whole texting movement…by the way some people need to stop being so stuck on android, which is nothing but a piggy back ride of winmo

  • djdarkknight96

    For one, those plastic pieces of junk will never pass tmo’s stress test. Keep the plastic junk with Verizon, Tmo will only release good quality handsets from now on!

    • ssdf

      really? tmo releases good quality handsets?

      gravity = defective spring
      gravity2 = screen out
      mytouch/g1 = GOOD phones but not GREAT…specs too old now…
      tp2 = everyone got one…an it sucked..
      behold = bad ts
      highlight = actually decent for what it sold for..but ehh camera an no flash
      behold 2 = quality phone but 1.5
      nuron = decently quality but once again ts probs
      equinox = decent but tiny screen, no flash..again..on a nice cam..
      8520 = budget bb…no real good specs though..
      dell notebook = prolly one of the worse spec’d compared to att/verizon

      other “plastic pieces of junk” = 2720, 5130, cliq, cliq xt, dash, wing, tap, sidekicks

      …name anything besides 9700 and hd2 and fender/1.2 mytouch

      • Matt Hatter

        Note Samsung was not in my list.

    • ssdf

      really? tmo releases good quality handsets?

      gravity = defective spring
      gravity2 = screen out
      mytouch/g1 = GOOD phones but not GREAT…specs too old now…
      tp2 = everyone got one…an it sucked..
      behold = bad ts
      highlight = actually decent for what it sold for..but ehh camera an no flash
      behold 2 = quality phone but 1.5
      nuron = decently quality but once again ts probs
      equinox = decent but tiny screen, no flash..again..on a nice cam..
      8520 = budget bb…no real good specs though..
      dell notebook = prolly one of the worse spec’d compared to att/verizon

      other “plastic pieces of junk” = 2720, 5130, cliq, cliq xt, dash, wing, tap, sidekicks

      …name anything besides 9700 and hd2 and fender/1.2 mytouch

  • http://iAM.so-fresh.info alex

    i personally wouldn’t use them but i can see younger kids using them. i’ll keep my blackberry

  • chicago081

    Does anyone else have trouble with T-mobile web access, or is it just me?? It is hard to get into, especially in the mornings here in downtown Chicago.

  • Shayne Carlos

    i can imagine this is what tons of people thought about the iphone “Oh NOOO!! that thing has a huge screen, its too big and has no keyboard at all, no one will buy that”
    you cant be scared to release something new and innovative! i mean look at the iphone, thats one of the most popular cell phones to date, besides the moto razr and the craze with slim phones! with a great marketing campaign this kins will sell well. i support this phone and if it drops on tmo i will def pick up kin2

  • Blindogenius

    They’re ugly.

  • NiiDiddy

    i don’t care what devices T-Mobile decides to add to their current list of devices…so long as they have an array of devices that i want and can choose from. heck, i cannot blame them – can’t please all of the people all of the time, so the best thing to do is to have a selection that caters for a wide range of audiences…and they are trying to do just that…good business, if you ask me…! not all devices should be smartphones, and smartphones should come with some having greater strengths in certain areas as opposed to others. Not everyone want the same things. Also, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder – to add on to that, one man’s “meat” is another man’s “poison”. Keep the good work Magenta regardless…

    • Shayne Carlos

      couldnt have said it better!

      • smb3rd

        Ditto

  • kendrix_myrealname

    This phone is a catastrophe. Its very messy and too cluttered. I don’t think it has no place in the ecosystem of the phone world. Feature phones already are capitalizing on these abilities. FAIL

    • Shayne Carlos

      name one 1 feature phone that is “capitalizing” this ability? cluttered and messy? have you not seen the moto cliq and blackflip homescreens? very over whelming, but they are still big sellers, theres always room for other phones in the market, iphone doesnt even have this ability. Once again if you have to look at these phones and see who they are marketed too..if its not your cup of tea then dont buy one, its not like carriers are trying to force them down your throat

  • HEMI 922

    wanted to said * its most ardent praise for Kin Studio, the phones’ automatic online backup service. All of the information on the Kin, including contacts, photos, videos, text messages, and more, is automatically synced to Kin Studio, where you can view it online. If your phone is ever? lost or stolen, all of your information is not gone, too.*

    you see above? FULL OF CRAPS!, if you didnt pay months, your infom , emails, contacts will GONE!!! BYE-BYE…

  • austin

    Omg I wld love to have those phones on tmobile!!!! :D I love how it has the loop for twitter and facebook!! Tmobile please get these phones