Microsoft: we've sold more Band wearables than people may think

Microsoft: we've sold more Band wearables than people may think
Released in the US at the end of October, the Microsoft Band went out of stock in almost no time. Right now, Microsoft's online store suggests that the device will be available again starting tomorrow, November 18 - which, of course, is good news to those who are interested in getting one.

There have been reports saying that Microsoft only had 5,000 Bands available at launch, that’s why stocks were quickly depleted. However, Microsoft today reached out to Windows Central to declare that, although it “does not comment on production volumes”, it “sold well beyond the numbers suggested to date.” Microsoft also says that it’s working to make more Bands available, both online (via the second source link below), and in Microsoft Stores across the US.

Costing $199.99, the Microsoft Band is a fitness tracker with some smartwatch capabilities. Its features include heart rate sensor, UV monitor, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Cortana integration (only when paired with Windows Phone handsets), and two 100 mAh batteries that can provide a usage time of up to 48 hours. The Band is compatible with Windows Phone, Android, and iOS devices. Microsoft has yet to announce if it’s going to launch it in other markets.


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16 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If the 5,000 initial stock is to be true, that isn't something to brag about.

2. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

they just denied it in the above article.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, I say they sold 1000 - in reality they sold 1001....lol

3. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Well, I was thinking 0, maybe they sold one.

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Well, then you haven't been paying attention, have you...? :-)

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

People like MS should just fess up and tell how many they sold if they want to brag about it. Otherwise, it is stupid when Samsung, MS, Apple or Google or whoever else does it. Oh, why apple? Cause they won't break down what version of ipads or iphones sold.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It will be a good day with Microsoft finally decides to exit the consumer market.

8. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Why? What's it to you?

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I was at my local Microsoft Store today and they had received yet another shipment, and already sold out of their Large allotment (one of the reps said that was more than a few dozen but couldn't say exact numbers). I can't wait to get mine!

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Android wear, available on android. M$ band, available on android and iOS This sum the reason up

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Except the MS band is missing key features, like music control...

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Voice controls only work if you have a WP device. Not to mention the MS band has only a 180mhz Cortex-M4 MCU with 64mb of storage. Future growth with this device is limited with its hardware to begin with. If you wanted to listen to music with this device then its impossible.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, yeah, it supports android and ios because if it didn't, no one would buy it, let alone even be able to use it!

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

so much derp in one post. There are 80million+ windows users. Even if they only sold 5k of them, there is enough windows users to cover it. Not to mention, with windows 10, this will extend to the there as well, making it great for business like golds gym and other places as a band to use during workouts. Point being, i can count on you to come into MS articles and just spread the fud

11. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Why only the us. Is the rest of the world filled with only plants or what.we want to try one too.

16. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

They must of sold more than 0. That was my original estimate. I wonder how many people got them because they work at microsoft.

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