KIN to be exclusive to Vodafone in Europe, no KIN for Asia

kin14 Lena Goh, a spokeswoman for Microsoft in Singapore told PCWorld Microsoft has no plans to bring its newly announced Kin handsets to Asia, despite the large size and relative sophistication of Asian cell-phone markets.

Microsoft is not holding talks with Asian operators to offer the Kin, she said, noting that distribution agreements signed with Verizon Wireless and Vodafone were exclusive.

While Kin is slated to be released in the U.S. and Europe, Microsoft is focusing its Asian mobile efforts on the upcoming release of Windows Phone 7, Goh said.

Vodafone will be carrying the KIN the UK,  Germany, Italy, Spain and Spain by Fall later this year.

“Mobile social networking is increasingly having strong appeal for our customers,” said Patrick Chomet, group director of terminals at Vodafone. “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.”

Vodafone has not revealed exact delivery dates or price information.

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