4/13/2010 10:01:00 AM
Microsoft launches first two phones on Vodafone
Microsoft has become the latest IT company to launch an assault on the low-end smartphone market, with the announcement of its first two phones.
The Kin One and Kin Two, which are aimed at young people, are made by Japan's Sharp and will be available on Vodafone in autumn this year.
Initial launch markets will be Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with further markets to follow before the end of 2010.
The Kin phones are designed as 'the ultimate social experience', blending the phone, online services and a browser-based experience for viewing photos, videos, contacts and feeds from any computer.
Vodafone group director of terminals, Patrick Chomet, said: 'Vodafone is delighted to further its partnership with Microsoft, bringing our customers Microsoft's latest innovation, Kin.
'Mobile social networking is increasingly having strong appeal for our customers. Kin has a unique and intuitive way of engaging with the user, enabling them easily to share experiences and stay in touch with their friends.'
He added: 'Our aim is to provide our customers with the widest choice of attractive smartphones and the best-in-class experience of new services through Vodafones high-speed mobile broadband network.'
'This announcement continues to deliver on our ambition to be the strongest provider of data-centric mobile experiences across platforms and operating systems.'
Pricing information and local availability dates will be announced closer to launch.