Later this year, U.S. consumers will be able to earn a free Apple Watch by making healthier choices

Later this year, South Africa's largest health insurer will be offering U.S. consumers the opportunity to receive a free Apple Watch. At the same time, Americans will be improving their health, and getting discounts on products including insurance. Discovery Health's Vitality program will be offered to consumers in the states via insurance firm John Hancock. The incentive-based plan rewards members who make healthy choices by giving them discounts on movie and airline tickets, travel bundles and insurance premiums. Members can also earn a free Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch can help you monitor your exercises, fitness, and overall health

The Apple Watch can help you monitor your exercises, fitness, and overall health

The Vitality program is already over 15-years old in South Africa. Since Discovery Health started using the Apple Watch as a reward, 17,000 people in the country have already earned one. Not only is getting a free Apple Watch a great incentive for making healthy choices, the timepiece tracks your exercises and heart rate, calculates the number of calories you've burned while active, and provides you with detailed information when you're cycling, running and more.

Right now, the program has been imported to the U.S. for employees of biotech firm Amgen, medical group DaVita HealthCare Partners, and insurance brokerage firm Lockton. At the heart of the program is the idea that people will make healthier choices if they are rewarded by doing so. In this case, one of the rewards itself (the Apple Watch) can further improve the health of members.

If John Hancock's Vitality program becomes a success for the company, and for the customers who use it, the plan could be the most important export from South Africa surpassing gold, diamonds and other precious metals.


source: Forbes

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31 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because no one is buying this crappy watch!

2. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

3. Unordinary unregistered

The smart watch market is getting decimated by Apple though lol.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's getting reduced by ten percent by Apple?

5. Unordinary unregistered

If that's your argument, what do you have to say about "Buy 1 get 1 Free" from Samsung for their S6 a few months ago lolol,m. Or the "50% off" deal earlier this year? Lol.

6. Tomgabriele

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Woosh.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm 90% sure that was a carrier thing and not Samsung itself. But yeah, the Apple Watch is the highest selling smart watch and 2nd most popular wearable after fitbit's offerings.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7007; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what do you say about iphones buy one get one free at att.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

I'll take it, what's the link?

20. sissy246

Posts: 7007; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Lol just lookup AT&T free iPhone deal, should come up.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Proof? Apple shipped 8M of these last year. So far I've never seen anyone outside of my workplace where we have 2 people with one. I have yet to see one worn on the street. Carriers don't have them because they can't tie you to a contract with them like they could with a 3G/4G version, which Apple doesn't have. So that means they all went to retailers like Apple Stores, Targets, Costco, Wal-Mart and others. I have never seen anyone at a register buying a Apple Watch. To be fair, I've not seen anyone buying a smartwatch in general. But when it comes to people wearing them, I've seen the Moto 360, especially after Costco had a fire sale on them and dropped them $150 last Christmas, I've seen people wearing the Gear, Gear S, Gear S2 and Gear Fit. I've seen Fitbits mostly when I go workout and I see some knockoffs sold at XSport Fitness. But I am for the heath industry using technology to help patients. I just dont think Apple offers the best solution for it though. For example, I know one OEM has a watch that you can actually plug a wired monitor for your heart and other things.

14. Unordinary unregistered

You're as dumb as they get huh....

21. sgodsell

Posts: 6914; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You Apple idiots are exactly that. All the articles say that Apple shipped X watches, which is not the same as sold watches. Apple has shipped their watches to many retailers, including target Walmart, bestbuy, and many others. Apple to this day has not told anyone how many watches they have actually sold.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'll counter your anecdotal evidence with some of my own: I've seen SEVERAL people with an Apple Watch, both in my office as well as at restaurants, malls, "on the street" etc. Not that either of our experiences count for a hell of a lot considering we are both unqualified data points...

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Does number of sales tell about the quality of the product?

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Would people buy it and keep buying it if it was a bad product?

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not necessarily bad, but people are saying it is the best smartwatch just because it is the best selling, by that logic mcdonald's burgers are the best. As much as I like the elegance of Apple products, the Apple Watch is one of the worst products they released recently (by worst I mean worst Apple product, not worst compared to everything)

26. Unordinary unregistered

You're learning now :) So let's talk about Androids market share :)

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What? You think I'll defend Android? Pfft.. I don't get you people, just because I said something negative about an Apple product does that automatically make me an Android fanboy? That sounds pretty darn stupid.

28. Unordinary unregistered

I've seen you defend Samsung and Android before lol. I assumed :)

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I can defend any company/OS if it is being bombarded with nonsense/BS, haven't you seen me bash ignorant fandroids?

30. Unordinary unregistered

Touché. I like you

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly what I was thinking. However I can assure you they aren't being given away for free. They are being paid for via the insurance company as they keep raising their rates. Trust me, they are buying these from Apple, so they surely aren't spending their own money. The problem I see though is. Apple stole the tech they are using in the present Apple Watch and are being sued for it. My concern is, these devices in the case of the Apple Watch, have been proven not to be accurate. So why woudl you support a device that si already proven to be broken? Oh wait! because our healthcare system is still broken. Guess they go good together.

8. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I feel like maybe they should have given out a dedicated fitness wearable instead of a smartwatch, seeing as how they say that the watch will help keep track of all those fitness related things. But I suppose people wouldn't be as motivated to want to earn one of those as opposed to something expensive and well-known like the Apple Watch.

11. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's funny how the thinking is that consumers will be healthier because they can expect a reward in the form of some kind of product, when the reason for the consumer to have a healthier lifestyle is JUST THAT, to be healthy! No gadget, trip or savings or insurance will ever come even close to the value of feeling healthy! I also think this could be the start of a bad trend, where health insurance companies will want you to wear some kind of fitness tracker to give you lower premiums (as long as they can track that you are being healthier, of course). Kind of like car insurance companies giving a premium discount if you stick one of their trackers in your car.

22. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol funny how Americans need these incentives to make healthier choices.

23. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

High end health insurers have been offering the Apple watch as incentive to stay healthy for a while now. Note how they offer the Apple watch to stay healthy, and not the gear s2 or even a fitbit. Now all the haters will be saying the world, AND the health insurers are all idiots. Because the haters know it all dont they, professionals in the wearable field, whose words carry so much weight that they have to resort to trolling on the comment sections of blog site.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

please read the title again.... they write "Later this year, U.S. ...." get it?? look at the 4th word.. "U.S." its because those health insurers just hate when their get some random sickness, if they give them some health tracker, they can easily monitor their client healthness.. why "Apple watch"? 1. because its on U.S. 2. because people will likely to use something with apple logo instead of fitbit or something (because its U.S. again..) 3. because money isnt their problem, since they're "high end health insurers"

25. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Please read my 1st sentence again, the part where I say they have already been offering it for a while now. Then re reread all the pointless drivel that just came out of your mouth, realize that it achieves nothing and most likely got your top lip smelling like s**t, and explain what was the point? You might wanna see a shrink about your problems with the US and the shitty assed country you probably live in.

31. MotoFoner

Posts: 34; Member since: May 11, 2015

If my insurer is buying me a smartwatch, I'd rather have a Moto 360 Sport, or if money is no object, then the Casio Android watch. Still rocking my OG 360 and it is superb with no reason to upgrade, but I'd never wear a krApple even if free.

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