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It’s B-a-a-ck — Deals Site Offers the Microsoft Kin One for $25

If you didn’t get a chance to buy Microsoft’s ill-fated Kin phone during the month or so it was on sale back in 2010, you have another chance.

Kin One

Deal site Daily Steals is offering the Verizon phone for $25. However, buyer beware: You are mostly paying to own a piece of tech history.

The Kin, which was being developed alongside Windows Phone 7, was designed to target the youth market, with much of its power coming from cloud-synced services to make text messages and photos accessible to the Web. But, with no access to apps and competing against more capable phones, it was scrapped after little more than a month on the market.

Microsoft shut down most of the Kin services shortly after it discontinued the phone. So, basically, buyers are getting a feature phone.

P.S.: The Daily Steals ad says “powered by Windows Phone 7” but don’t believe what you read. Windows Phone 7 apps won’t run on the device.

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