Users who signed up for the new Amazon Halo fitness band on the day of the announcement are receiving notifications today to order their Halo device.
If you were selected for the early access program, you can now buy the new Amazon Halo for $64.99 + tax. The 35% discount from its original price of $99 is only available for a limited period.
This price does not include the cost of the monthly membership costs.
Membership includes body composition, tone of voice analysis, sleep & activity tracking, and more which is free for 6 months. After the initial 6 months period, it auto-renews at $3.99/month + tax.
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The Amazon Halo product launch has been plagued with many criticisms around concerns around privacy, particularly with the body composition and voice analysis features.
According to Amazon, If you choose to enable Tone, a voice profile is required and helps Halo analyze only your voice. You can turn off the mics at any time with the mute button on the band. And your speech samples are deleted automatically after being processed so no one ever hears them.
The company also adds that user’s Body Composition images are processed in the cloud then automatically deleted so no one but the user sees them. Bottom line, you can disable both these features if you have privacy concerns and still take advantage of the numerous other health monitoring and fitness offerings that Amazon is gearing up to provide via its Halo band.
One would assume that the 100+ expert developed programs offered via reputable providers such as Mayo clinic and American heart association justify the monthly subscription cost of the platform.If you choose not to continue your membership, you’ll retain access to basic sleep time, heart rate, and step tracking which is not a bad deal for $65.