Microsoft’s Wearable Exchange lets you trade-in your Apple Watch for a Microsoft Band 2

Patrick O'Rourke

January 15, 2016 2:55pm

Microsoft wants you to trade your Apple Watch in for a Microsoft Band 2.

Update: According to Microsoft, all trade-in values are in Canadian dollars. This means that Canadian users can get up to $250 CAD on a trade-in.

A new program called the Microsoft Wearable Trade Exchange offers customers as much as $250 for Apple Watch trade-ins when purchasing the Microsoft Band 2, which retails for $329 CAD.

The program also accepts trade-ins on the original Microsoft Band ($35 credit), Fitbit Charge HR ($75 credit) and Fitbit Flex ($10), as well as a variety of other fitness bands.

The fine print of the deal page indicates the offer is only valid on one trade-in per Microsoft Band 2 purchase, and that the device being appraised must be shipped within one week of receiving an online quote.

While the Microsoft Band 2’s 11 sensors, which include a GPS, UV monitor, and barometer, are impressive and accurate, the band is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Many have also commented that the band feels awkward on their wrist, mainly due to the bump under its clasp, which houses the battery.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment regarding whether these trade-in values are in U.S. or Canadian dollars. If you’ve tried out the program, let us know what the experience was like in the comments section.

  • Marc Palumbo

    This is a fair trade if you’re looking for a true fitness tracker and own an Apple Watch.

    • Frederick The Great

      Haha. Get real Marc. The Band doesn’t hold a candle to the Apple Watch in any whatsoever. You’re dislike of Apple sometimes is quite irrational

    • Marc Palumbo

      I said fitness tracker. The Band 2 is great at fitness tracking. it has more sensors than the Apple Watch. If you want app functionality or app extensions with a wearable, then be my guest, get an Apple Watch. But as a fitness tracker, the Apple Watch is not ideal. I dislike Apple, but this is my opinion and a good one at that. I’m not trolling, but if you think I am, then it means you are not informed. The Apple Watch lacks many fitness tracking capabilities.

    • Frederick The Great

      Really? What’s missing? The exact same workout tracking, steps tracking and sleep quality can be used on an Apple Watch. Ditto for heart rate monitoring but this feature can be fickle on almost any wearable. Still generally accurate. Add to the fact that there is a plethora of apps available to track fitness on an Apple Watch and frankly your comments are laughable.
      Now if you were talking about a Garmin vivoactive you may have a point but a Band is really an overpriced Fitbit Flex at its core.

    • Marc Palumbo

      There’s more to fitness tracking (remove the space before the com).

      http://www.wareable. com/fitness-trackers/microsoft-band-2-v-apple-watch-782

      The main focus for the Band 2 is fitness tracking. This is not the same for the Apple Watch. There’s just so much data coming from the Band 2, that you’ll be able to track more data from your body than the Apple Watch. I’m not saying it’s garbage, I’ll give you that because the Apple Watch has app support, which is what they’re aiming for.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Here is another:

      http://www.alphr. com/apple/apple-watch/7089/apple-watch-vs-microsoft-band-vs-fitbit-surge-0

    • Marc Palumbo

      Here is another:

      http://www.techradar. com/us/news/wearables/microsoft-band-2-vs-apple-watch-vs-samsung-gear-s2-1306708/2

    • Frederick Da Great

      APPLE IS THE BEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD OK I LOVE THEM

    • Marc Palumbo

      lol

    • TechGuru

      Hey whatdya know. It’s the Fandroid Bach aka HarpersMafia aka biggest scumbag in these forums.

    • J.S.Bach

      Hey, it’s Frederick The Stupid..

    • Vito R.

      You’re too much.

    • MassDeduction

      Band 2 has impressive app extensibility… but only if you have a Windows Phone. There’s a vibrant community of Band apps being written for Windows Phone. The Band is impressively multiplatform, but apps for it are not as they rely on communication between the Band and the phone and must be written for the phone OS in question.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Yes I know that, but in this day and age, you can get the Apple Watch Sport edition and order Dominos at the same time. The Apple Watch has the best app support but wearables, but it definitely lacks in the fitness tracking.

    • J.S.Bach

      Hey, it’s Frederick The Stupid.

    • TechGuru

      Hey Fandroid Bach…

  • franky_b

    Another USA only thing… you can only register with an address in the USA

  • ChrisPollard77

    $10 for a Fitbit Flex??? They’re joking, right? LOL This is like those offers Bell made to ‘buy your old device’ … and give you $15 for last year’s flagship.

    I’m betting they get exactly zero takers on the Apple Watch trade. Who the hell is stupid enough to ever do that?

    • Frederick The Great

      Exactly. No one is going to trade in a multifunctional device that retails for nearly double the price for something like the Band. Reminds me of the ludicrous offer Blackberry made a year ago to trade in brand new iPhone 6s for a lousy Passport. Never heard much about that “deal” after it ended and how well it played out. ROTFL

    • Vito R.

      This is worse. It’s like offering $100 for a Galaxy S6 to trade in for a Moto G.

  • Henry Huynh

    Maybe mobilesyrup needs to double check their info? From what I see you can only get up to $75 for a charge HR.

  • J.S.Bach

    Hmmmmm, trading one piece of junk for another. Nobody gives a cräp what their heart rate is for more than the first few days so these things are just an expensive way to do stuff on your watch that would be way easier to do on your phone.

    • TechGuru

      What’s the matter? Jealous that you can’t afford one?

  • MassDeduction

    “While the Microsoft Band 2’s 11 sensors, which include a GPS, UV monitor, and barometer, are impressive and accurate, the band is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Many have also commented that the band feels awkward on their wrist, mainly due to the bump under its clasp, which houses the battery.”

    ??? I’m wearing one right now. I haven’t taken it off since I got it, other than to charge it when I shower. It’s perfectly comfortable for me. I gifted one, and that person finds it tremendously comfortable too. The OG Band had some comfort question marks, but Band 2 is far better. Seems to me that you’ve stated something that’s subjective as if it’s objective.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Like all the articles…

  • Rimtu Kahn

    I recently picked up a vicoactive with hrm strap and happy with it’s performance. I read issues about GPS and steps counter inaccuracy issues for the mb2. Generally I feel mb2 is a respectable fitness band and I also like its shape very much. I am also most definitely against apple gadgets. Yet, if I somehow had an apple watch say a gift or something I wouldn’t trade it for a mb2. I’d sell it for 300-400 CAD and buy the mb2 with that. Maybe even turn a profit.
    The mb2 I feel is a bit overpriced. Its primarily a fitness tracker that is not targeted at professional athletes (read not very good, certainly not at Garmin or polar category). The cost of such a fitness tracker should under no circumstance exceed $200 CAD no matter how many zillion sensors they put in it. When MS makes a professional quality tracker they can charge upwards of $300 CAD for it.
    This deal should be a no go for any reasonable person.

  • Peter

    I haven’t found it uncomfortable – other than I wasn’t used to wearing a watch so I was *aware* of it for a bit. I’ve had it since Christmas. And a quick turnover when my phone buzzes at work means I can know what notification it was, and that it can wait. Surprising how phones are so interrupting without some kind of notification system on your wrist.

    And the wealth of information when you log into your MS Dashboard (using my hotmail address from 1997!!!) when it syncs with the Band is astronomical. I could spend half an hour just looking at graphs, comparisons of other people in my age group/body index/etc. I like learning that I’m more active than people, that I exercise more, lower heart bpm, better/longer sleeping patterns. It syncs with MyFitnessPal and automatically updates my calorie count after I work out.

    This isn’t a fitness tracker. It’s a full blown health monitoring system.

    Can they measure blood pressure yet through a strap? My money’s on Microsoft to be the first. Not apple.