BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated]

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As the Apple Watch pre-orders continue to build this morning, it's worth noting a few third-party websites who plan to provide services to early adopters of Apple's new wearable device. One of those sites is BandSwapper, which will let users swap out their unused Apple Watch Sport Band for another size and color.

As was discovered closely following Apple's big "Spring Forward" event last month, every model of the Apple Watch that ships with a Sport Band - meaning both aluminum and stainless steel - comes in two sizes for both the 38mm and 42mm casing sizes. The smaller 38mm case covers 130-200mm wrists in both S/M and M/L bands, while the larger 42mm option ranges between 140-210mm wrists in S/M and M/L bands.

BandSwapper plans to fix the extraneous multi-band option by allowing Sport Band users to swap the band they won't use, for a completely different size and color band that they will. As the website claims on its currently sparse homepage, "It takes 5 minutes and costs only $6."
Here's How it Works:
1. Tell us which band you have and which one you want.
2. Send us your unused band with one of our pre-paid shipping labels.
3. We'll send you back a band in the size and color you want.
Currently, the most users can do to prepare for band swapping is provide the website an email address to remind them when the BandSwapper storefront will be live, which will coincide with the Apple Watch's official launch on April 24.

As expected, a lot of Apple Watch-related news continues to circulate today as pre-order estimates begin slipping rapidly and more news on the Watch's warranty surfaces.

Update: As several readers have pointed out, customers do not actually receive two complete sport bands, instead receiving three band pieces that together allow for two different band sizes. As a result, BandSwapper's service will not allow users to trade for a complete band.

Article Link: BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated]
 

bearda

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When they said they were including large and small bands with each watch this was my first thought. Glad someone followed through on it.
 

Zorn

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This is super smart. Bookmarking this and will definitely use it to get an extra band on the 24th!
 

tagy

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Err thought it was confirmed that you only get one and a half bands with the sport straps?
 

lewiseric91

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I thought you only got 1 actual band

then the other 1 is a s/m or m/l but its only half the strap?
 

madsci954

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Great idea.

Confused by what people are saying about sport model coming with 1.5 bands. How is this of any use?
Photos popped up the other day that the Sport band comes in 3 pieces: the strap with the metal pin, a slotted strap for S/M size wrists, and a slotted strap for M/L size wrists. So it isn't 2 complete bands.
 

iFanaddic

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It was confirmed at some pont that there we're 3 parts.

one regular one, and to difference sizes starts that would adapt to your wrist size

Once you put it on with either the smaller or the bigger one you'll be stuct with half a strap.
 

Robot Overlord

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Yeah, I had this idea as well and almost authored a site for the same purpose, then doing research found out about the "1.5 vs 2 bands" and scrapped the idea.

Too bad. I guess Apple is too smart to let people swap their way to different bands vs buying them from Apple for $50 a pop.
 

troop231

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Why is this even a story? I thought the sport model only comes with one piece that has the pin, and two different size pieces of the other side.
 

DipDog3

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Am I the only one who is confused about what bands come with each watch??
 

sb22

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Sorry to butt in, but i thought it was possible until I was told on this site today that it wasnt.

Then, I went in to try both sizes on a few hours ago in the Edinburgh store and asked the rep specifically what was the score with the bands. He told me there was two bands (4 parts). I said "oh, so we can swap them?" he said yes, as long as its the right size you're swapping then its not a problem.
 

grimmace

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Apples site does say "2 bands". That should be 2 total bands in both sizes which makes up for 4 parts! I am thinking this is the case and we WILL get to swap these out.
 

rosshm16

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When I ordered one this morning (Sport, 38 mm, blue band) there was no option for the size of the band, unless I missed it. The order confirmation also doesn't say anything about band size.
 

2457282

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I thought the sport band came with 1 1/2 bands rather than 2 full ones?
Err thought it was confirmed that you only get one and a half bands with the sport straps?
I thought you only got 1 actual band

then the other 1 is a s/m or m/l but its only half the strap?
Photos popped up the other day that the Sport band comes in 3 pieces: the strap with the metal pin, a slotted strap for S/M size wrists, and a slotted strap for M/L size wrists. So it isn't 2 complete bands.
It was confirmed at some pont that there we're 3 parts.

one regular one, and to difference sizes starts that would adapt to your wrist size

Once you put it on with either the smaller or the bigger one you'll be stuct with half a strap.
Why is this even a story? I thought the sport model only comes with one piece that has the pin, and two different size pieces of the other side.
MAybe this site will allow you to just trade the one half you don't use. That way you can make for some funky arrangements. I could totally see one half blue and the other half pink (aka, Miami vice style).:D
 

MeFromHere

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Oct 11, 2012
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This is a waste of an article. It was confirmed yesterday that all of this swapping can't happen.
The problem is that people keep using the word "confirmed" incorrectly.

At MacRumors, "confirmed" means you have an opinion (but no proof), and you've found someone else with the same opinion (but still no proof). So you can say your opinion has been "confirmed" by the other party. The authors and editors of the front page articles are often guilty of this misuse of "confirmed". So are many commenters.

A more truthful word might be "corroborated", but that's harder to spell and probably doesn't attract as many clicks.

This has lead to the unfortunate situation where people on both sides of this argument have had their opinion "confirmed" multiple times, often by (non-authoritative) sources at Apple.

Another interesting facet of "confirmed" statements at MacRumors: once your opinion is "confirmed", you're supposed to simply ignore all the evidence on the other side, and keep repeating your "confirmed" opinion on as many threads as possible. This applies equally to both sides of any "confirmed" argument. ;)

Here's what the Dictionary app on my Mac says:

confirm: establish the truth or correctness of (something previously believed, suspected, or feared to be the case)

corroborate: confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)

There's clearly some overlap in the definitions, but "confirm" implies a higher level of certainty.
 

applegeek01

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The problem is that people keep using the word "confirmed" incorrectly.

At MacRumors, "confirmed" means you have an opinion (but no proof), and you've found someone else with the same opinion (but still no proof). So you can say your opinion has been "confirmed" by the other party. The authors and editors of the front page articles are often guilty of this misuse of "confirmed". So are many commenters.

A more truthful word might be "corroborated", but that's harder to spell and probably doesn't attract as many clicks.

This has lead to the unfortunate situation where people on both sides of this argument have had their opinion "confirmed" multiple times, often by (non-authoritative) sources at Apple.

Another interesting facet of "confirmed" statements at MacRumors: once your opinion is "confirmed", you're supposed to simply ignore all the evidence on the other side, and keep repeating your "confirmed" opinion on as many threads as possible. This applies equally to both sides of any "confirmed" argument. ;)

Here's what the Dictionary app on my Mac says:

confirm: establish the truth or correctness of (something previously believed, suspected, or feared to be the case)

corroborate: confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)

There's clearly some overlap in the definitions, but "confirm" implies a higher level of certainty.
See article update.
 

sb22

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Aug 14, 2012
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We can go with the update but why would the rep say such thing today whilst holding it in his hand? Is he as clueless as me lol
 

applegeek01

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I withhold any comment from here on out. It doesn't matter anyways. I don't want to trade with anyone. I'm glad I got a school lesson today though. Never heard of a dictionary before.
 
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