The Microsoft KIN has invaded Best Buy (opens in new tab). If you are considering the KIN for yourself or your teenager but the cost isn't that appealing, you may want to check out what Best Buy is offering.
The KIN Two is running $49.99 with a Verizon Wireless two-year contract and the KIN One is free with the two-year commitment. Both will require Verizon's data package which will run you about $30 a month. While it would be nice for a lower priced data package to surface for the KIN, it looks like the KIN's pricing is slowly coming down to reasonable levels.
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Don't forget that voice package you'll be required to get as well: $39.99/month at least (for 450 minutes). We'll ignore the activation fee for new customers, another kick in the pants in you will... So we're talking at least $70/month base, or $90 - $100 once the taxman chimes in. Even with a come-on price of zero, you'll be paying smartphone money for less-than smartphone features. If that's not enough to scare the target teen audience away, telling them that they're the target audience will.
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