We thought it was weird that Verizon oddly resurrected Kin after Microsoft killed it. It doesn't matter anymore because on January 31, 2011, Microsoft's Kin Studio, the cloud that the Kin relies on to work, will close. Verizon will even give you a free 3G phone to replace your Kin.
Theories abound as to the forces behind Kin's speedy demise. And yes, ultimately the plug got pulled because it wasn't selling well. But a theory over at ZDNet holds that spats between Microsoft's internal fiefdoms doomed Kin from the start.
If you're interested in either the Kin One or Kin Two and don't mind its expensive data plans, then you might as well get one now as Verizon has dropped their prices to $29 and $49, respectively. [CNET via Engadget]
Chipworks and iFixit teamed up to take a look beneath the Kin Two's black and lime exterior, finding some things that were expected, like the NVIDIA Tegra APX2600 processor, and some, like a Sony image sensor, that were, well, not.