A new trade-in initiative from Microsoft is attempting to entice people to purchase the company’s new Microsoft Band 2 wearable by switching allegiances from other devices that serve up similar functionality. Microsoft is stating that potential Band 2 owners can “receive additional value” for an existing wearable device when it’s offered as part of an exchange program which would see Microsoft swap out your wearable for the Band 2. The program caters for those who currently own all types of wearables that currently exist in the market, but offers the highest level of discount for Apple Watch trade-ins.
Owners of the Apple Watch who may fancy giving the Microsoft Band 2 a shot can get it significantly cheaper with a trade-in. The Microsoft program offers “as much as” $150 for those trading in an aluminum Apple Watch Sport, $200 for the 42mm Apple Watch with the stainless steel case, or a as much as $250 for those parting with a stainless steel Apple Watch with an accompanying Milanese Loop. Microsoft is selling the new Band 2 with a $250 value meaning that the Apple Watch with Milanese Loop essentially offsets 100-percent of the retail value of the hardware.
Microsoft may be offering the highest levels of discounts for those trading in an Apple Watch, but the program doesn’t discriminate against other devices. Those willing to part with a Sony SmartBand 2 can receive a $25 discount. Individuals who are sick of their Nike FuelBand SE can get a discount of up to $10 off the Band 2. Microsoft will also accept watches from other manufacturers in the form of the Sony SmartWatch 3 or the Nike SportWatch GPS with TomTom integration. Trading either of those in will get consumers as much as $25 and $15 respectively off of their Microsoft Band 2 purchase.
As is always the case, traded in devices must comply with a number of stipulations before Microsoft will accept them as compatible with the program. Once a device is selected Microsoft then asks if the device is in working or non-working order before calculating and offering a price for the hardware. Those looking to purchase the Band 2 can expect to receive a wearable with an AMOLED display offering up a 320 x 128 pixel resolution. There’s also a seamless integration with Microsoft Health that will accumulate and sync all associated health data.
For further information on the offer, head on over to the Microsoft program at microsoftwearablestrade.cexchange.com to check it out.