Today, Huawei South Africa announced their partnership with Discovery Vitality. This means youâ€™ll now be able to earn Vitality points from Huawei fitness trackers and smartwatches. Time to get off the couch, hey?
Discovery Vitality gives users special benefits and rewards in exchange for getting fitâ€¦ or, depending how you look at it, in exchange for their personal fitness data. Fitness trackers have made that transaction so much more convenient. Even if having a permanent monitor on your wrist that reports back to your medical aid isâ€¦ a little bit creepy.
Vitality has announced support for a range of Huawei fitness trackers, including the Pedometer, Band 2 Pro, Band 3 Pro, the Watch GT and the Watch 2. The range includes everything from a simple step-tracker to full-blown smartwatch, and they all link with the Huawei Health mobile app. The app is available for both Android and iOS, meaning Apple users looking to save some cash can get in on the fun, too.
Huaweiâ€™s health app tracks and accumulates data on steps, heart-rate (provided the device has the capability), exercise and sleep. Anyone looking to earn Vitality points needs a device that has heart-rate tracking abilities, because otherwise for all they know you mightâ€™ve just attached your tracker to your dogâ€™s collar and played a long game of fetch in the park.
In order to earn Vitality PointsÂ using a Huawei wearable, users need to download the Discovery app for Android or iOS and link it to their Huawei Health app. Users that log between 5,000 and 7,499 steps a day earn 50 Vitality points in the process, those who log between 7,500 and 9,999 steps a day earns 100 Vitality points, 10,000 to 12,499 steps a day earns 150 Vitality points, and those who manage over 12,500 steps a day will earn 200 Vitality points.
The new partnership also includes the Discovery â€˜Device Boosterâ€™ promotion â€” which means youâ€™ll be able to buy a Huawei tracker from certain stores and (eventually) receive 75% of the purchase price back as long as you accomplish certain fitness goals. This offer is only available from Sportsmans Warehouse and Totalsports.
Huawei fitness bands and smartwatches have been available globally since 2015, but only officially made their way to SA late last year. Now they offer a wide range of fitness trackers and smartwatches locally, with plans to expand the lineup soon.
Right now, you can use any Huawei tracker or smartwatch that has heart-rate tracking with your Discovery Vitality app to earn points. Discovery has been notorious for changing their lineup of compatible devices â€” witness them dropping support for Tom Tom devices last month, for example.Â
The Discovery-readyÂ Huawei lineup includes the the Band 2 Pro for R1,300, the Band 3 Pro (that feature up to seven-day battery with GPS enabled) for R1,900, and the Watch GT (that features up to 14 days of uptimeâ€¦ with the GPS enabled) that ranges between R5,000 and R5,500.