Don't expect to see the Microsoft Band online again until early next year

Don't expect to see the Microsoft Band online again until early next year
The Microsoft Band hasn't been available online since late November. The hugely successful Microsoft fitness tracker is priced at $199.99 and comes with a heart rate sensor, integration with Cortana (when paired with a Windows Phone 8.1 handset), GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and a pair of 100mAh batteries that provide 48 hours of battery life. The Band supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone and includes some smartwatch capabilities.

There had been some speculation that only 5000 units had been produced prior to the launch of the Microsoft Band, which would explain the quick sell out. Last month, the software giant denied that and said that it sold many more Bands "beyond the numbers suggested to date."

If you were hoping that Microsoft would replenish its inventory of the Microsoft Band in time for you to bestow it on someone as a holiday gift, you might as well stop wasting your energy. Microsoft's online store says that the fitness tracker won't be available online until early 2015. If you're still interested in the device, there is a link available where you can leave your email and be notified when the device is back in stock.

Those purchasing the Microsoft Band from the online Microsoft Store receive a $5 Starbucks gift card, and a two-week trial to Gold's Gym.


source: MicrosoftStore via WindowsCentral

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12 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

200 bucks for a freaking plastic band? Are they on crack?

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Do you know what the band does?.

6. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Word. Doesn't our smartphone does already all the functions the band offers?

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If your smartphone has a heart monitor, sleep monitor, uv tracking and 2 day battery life then maybe...

2. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I actually lucked into this the day it went on sale. It can do a lot of useful things, but it is flat out uncomfortable to wear. They claim this It's a prototype, lets hope it can be improved.

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

it better be a prototype. I bought it for my lady and i felt bad seeing her charge it everyday compared to her fitbit.......i returned it and told her ill get the surge for her

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

comparing the fitbit with no display to this and complaining about battery life....is like buying a hummer and getting mad it doesnt have the same mpg as a prius...Not to mention the amount of sensors...

9. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

the surge is going to have a longer battery life than the band what do you have to say about that?

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Again look at the surge specs vs the Band specs. Band still has more sensors, full color display. Up to 7 days i would probably guess 5 days with normal use and way less when GPS starts to kick in. The band with its broader range of sensors and possible functionality, 2 days is nothing to be sad about. I mean my watch lasts 1 year on a single battery...

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

def not a ton more sensors than the surge, the band only lasted a day and GPS, music, even cortana wasnt used and it lasted only a day. they do basically the same except band has cortana and color

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I've tried to pick one of these up. The ui and design are the best out at the moment imo.

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks don't be shocked if you see a new Microsoft Band #2 come out that is slimmer than the popular one people are buying now. many reviewers have pointed out that the current 1st generation Microsoft band is a bit chunky and could use some software refinement to make it easier to use. Microsoft sees Money and Glory in making these fitness smart watchs and will make a more sophisticated version of this device!

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