Microsoft has launched a new trade-in program offering incentives for Apple Watch users to dump their wearable for the $250 Microsoft Band 2 (via Cult of Mac). On the website dedicated to this program you’ll find that the company offers as much as $150 for the Apple Watch Sport 38 mm silver aluminum case, $200 for the 42 mm stainless steel Apple Watch, and $250 for the 38 mm stainless steel Watch with Milanese Loop.
This means that if you happen to own the latest model – which costs USD $649 (CAD $849), by the way – you are one of the “lucky” ones who can switch to the Microsoft Band 2 without paying a cent.
But Microsoft doesn’t limit itself to Apple Watch users: It is also accepting the FitBit Charge HR for as much as $75, FitBit Flex ($10), or its own first-generation Band for $35, alongside Asus, Garmin, Jawbone, LG, Motorola, Nike, Jaybird, Sony, Samsung, and Pebble wearables.
The promotion was launched on January 4 and is available until February 7, 2016 at the Microsoft online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. By the way, to receive full store credit toward the purchase of the new Microsoft Band 2, you will need to trade-in a qualifying device, which means the wearable should power on and hold charge, and be fully operational without broken or missing components.
What do you think about this trade-in program? Will you exchange your Apple Watch for the new Microsoft Band?