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

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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.

"We are proud to be the first company in the U.S. to link life insurance with personalized health technology. And with Apple Watch, our policyholders can automatically monitor their progress toward living longer, healthier lives. John Hancock is changing the conversation around life insurance, making life insurance relevant for new generations of consumers"-Michael Doughty, President, John Hancock Insurance

source: Forbes

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posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:16 6

1. SIGPRO (Posts: 1866; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Because no one is buying this crappy watch!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:20 6

2. Saioofi (Posts: 280; Member since: 23 May 2014)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/13/apple-watch-scooped-up-over-half-the-smartwatch-market-in-2015/ Uhh you sure?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:23 2

3. Unordinary (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:26 3

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3495; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

It's getting reduced by ten percent by Apple?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:34 1

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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:42 1

6. Tomgabriele (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Feb 2016)


posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:50 2

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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:23 2

13. sissy246 (Posts: 3934; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 17:20

16. AlikMalix (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 20:42 1

20. sissy246 (Posts: 3934; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:22 3

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14160; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:36 4

14. Unordinary (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:19 1

21. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 15:04 2

15. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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...

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:11

17. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2946; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:19

18. AlikMalix (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:29 1

19. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2946; Member since: 03 Oct 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)

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 01:42

26. Unordinary (unregistered)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 02:08 1

27. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2946; Member since: 03 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 02:25

28. Unordinary (unregistered)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 02:48 1

29. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2946; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 03:15

30. Unordinary (unregistered)

Touché. I like you

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:14

10. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14160; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:13 1

8. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:13

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 4969; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Can't be considered a luxury item if given away like candy. Apple shouldn't be considering the watch market, at least not until they make the battery last a week or longer with heavy use.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:15

11. gersont1000 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Mar 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:32

22. Bernoulli (Posts: 4319; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 23:35

23. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 00:17 1

24. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 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"

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 00:56 1

25. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

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