While the Microsoft Band 2’s holiday discount of $50 has come and gone, Microsoft is offering a new exchange program to trade in your current fitness tracker or smartwatch to lower the price of a new Band 2.
Microsoft will accept wearables from practically all of the big names out there to get you to trade up to the Band 2. The list includes:
How much store credit you get towards a new Band 2 varies by the device you a trading in. For example, Microsoft will give you $250 (the current full retail price of the Band 2) for The Apple Watch 38MM Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop. You can also get $35 for your first generation Microsoft Band if you have been on the fence about upgrading to the latest version.
Smaller fitness trackers with less sensors and functionality have a lesser trade in value. The FitBit Flex just gets $10, same goes for the Nike Fuel. But for those who own FitBit’s hybrid smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Surge, they can trade it in for as much as $120 towards a new Band 2. You can see the full list here.
Announced in October at Microsoft’s #Windows10Devices event, the Microsoft Band 2 features a more flexible wristband, 11 sensors (including GPS and the new step counter), and a curved screen with a more useful aspect ratio. The Band 2 is platform agnostic, and will pair with iPhones and Android devices in addition to Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone handsets.
In addition to tracking everything form workouts, bike rides, your golf game, and sleep, the wearable also gives you at-a-glance access to your emails, text messages, notifications, news, and more. It also allow you to install your own third-party apps, or 'tiles' on the Band. With a Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile device, you will be able to issue voice commands to Cortana and dictate messages. You can read more about our own Oliver Fuh's experience with the Band 2 here.