Editors' note: This post was updated at 7:28 a.m. PT with new information about data plan options.
The phones were originally priced at $49 and $99, which wereto $29 and $49. However, the price cut wasn't enough to breathe life into Microsoft's social-networking phones and ultimately, the company on the Kins in June 2010, just two months after being on the market.
Sources told CNET that sales of the Kin were somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 units. That's not a whole lot and we imagine there were plenty of leftover devices, which may be why Verizon's giving it another go.
Despite the new names, the devices appear to offer the same features as before, including access to your social networks (Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter) and the Zune experience (via Wi-Fi and sideload only). Though the phones certainly had their issues, many would argue that the one feature that put the nail in the coffin was the required $30 data plan. However, Verizon has rectified that situation.
In an e-mail to CNET, Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said that the Kin Onem and Twom are being reintroduced as feature phones and not smartphones, so they will not require a data plan. However, you can add data packages if you wish. Verizon offers a $15-per-month plan for 150MB or an unlimited plan for $29.99 per month. There is also a $1.99 per MB pay-as-you-go option.
So, with these new pricing and data options, is anyone interested in getting a Kin?