Original post: It's been a whole week since Microsoft forced its rejected Kin handsets under the guillotine, but the company still hasn't uttered a word about just how poorly the phones sold. Early rumblings suggested that Redmond shipped a measly 500 units, and an anonymous source cited by John Gruber today lends credence to that figure.
"A well-placed little birdie" told Gruber over the weekend that Microsoft sold a grand total of 503 Kins before throwing in the towel. Putting that into perspective, one unnamed Microsoft worker said the phone's sales revenue probably couldn't even cover the launch party held on campus. "As an employee, I am embarrassed. As a shareholder, I am pissed," the person said.
As much as we'd love to buy into the drama, it's hard to believe the company only shipped 500 phones – especially considering the project's advertising effort. Other estimates suggest Microsoft has sold between 1,000 and 10,000 units, and while still depressingly low, that's more conceivable.
Verizon is continuing to sell the Kin One and Kin Two at a discount. You can own a small piece of Microsoft's history for as low as $30 (with a two-year contract, naturally). If you're not willing to part with cash, you can show your support by visiting the Kin's online memorial.