Looks like a SmartFeaturePhone. No apps. It better be less than $100 to be competitive.
I guess you could also call this the ZunePhone in everything but name.
Yeah, it's definitely incorporating some nice Zune and Sidekick aspects, but in terms of cost... if it's a feature-phone, it will not require a data plan, and as a result, will be much cheaper than a lot of the more powerful pones even if the retail price is $100-$200.
With all the facebook and myspace (really?) integration I think a data plan is a given with the Kin.
Yeah, you're right. It just seems so limited relative to the competition if they price it that way. Feature-phones do not require data plans, but I guess they are pegging this to be more than a feature-phone.
I think for better or for worse phones like these make it increasingly difficult to draw a strict boundary between smartphones and featurephones. Probably not a meaningful distinction anymore, now we just have a spectrum of mobile devices ranging from ones that basically just do calling and texting all the way up to stuff like the iPhone and Nexus One (for example).
Yeah, that's a good point. I guess they've been requiring data plans for some feature phones for a while now.
They could have some sort of cheaper, special plan just for these. I don't know who would buy one otherwise!
This seems like a perfect phone for my Mom. My little sister has a Zune HD 16GB so they could probably share songs and such and it has social features that will hopefully have a data plan that cost less then a smartphone data plan.