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Fitbit’s new Inspire & Inspire HR fitness trackers are for corporate customers only

Fitbit has quietly added a couple of new fitness trackers to its lineup. You may not be able to purchase them, though, as they are not offered currently to the general public.

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A little investigative work shows devices called Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR have received Bluetooth certification on January 8th. They’ve also recently appeared on the Fitbit Health Solutions website.

In case you were wondering why they have not received widespread press coverage, its because these are special release trackers. Right now, Inspire and Inspire HR are available exclusively to Fitbit’s corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners and customers of their organizations, participants and members.

In fact, you may have been left a bit confused if you clicked on the option to add a new device in your Fitbit app. The Inspire and Inspire HR have started appearing there as options. This is because corporate customers use the exact same app.

The fitness trackers actually look pretty good, coming across as a blend between the Charge 3 and Alta. Their housing is plastic. The classic band is made of a premium, comfortable silicone similar to that used in many sport watches, and the buckle is made of anodized aluminum.

The trackers have an OLED touchscreen, silicone band and are swim-proof (water resistance up to 5 ATM). There’s a single physical button on the left.

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You navigate the device by tapping the screen, swiping up and down, or pressing the button. To preserve battery, the tracker’s screen turns off when not in use.

Fitbit Inspire monitors activity, calories and sleep. It spits out the usual smartphone notifications and there’s five days of battery life between charges. A clip-on accessory is available for purchase separately, so presumably the tracker can be detached from the strap and attached on to clothes.

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The HR version comes with all this plus 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep stages (light, deep, & REM) and 15+ goal-based exercise modes. There’s also Connected GPS and Cardio Fitness Level, as well as breathing exercises. What is missing from both devices is an altimeter for counting floors.

Inspire and Inspire HR have already started selling through some corporate programs and gyms. The regular version costs $69.95 and the HR version $99.95.

Rumour has it this will be the replacement to the Alta and Alta HR. It is pinned for a spring release date, mostly likely in April.

Fitbit has not confirmed or denied this.

“Thanks for your questions about Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. We’ve been working closely with several health plans and employers to make these devices available for the 2019 plan year”, the company writes on one of its forums.

“Please note these devices are designed for our customers who are members of participating health plans and wellness programs. We suggest checking with your employer or health plan to learn more.”

For more info on Fitbit’s latest fitness trackers, check out the Inspire HR manual. You can also find more info on healthsolutions.fitbit.com.

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5 thoughts on “Fitbit’s new Inspire & Inspire HR fitness trackers are for corporate customers only

  • February 5, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    I got the Inspire HR through our work program, Vitality, and I wish I would have got another Alta HR instead (I dropped my Alta and the dog grabbed it and bit down on both sides…Oops!). The battery on the Inspire HR lasts about 3 1/2 days…I have not made it to a full 4 days yet. And the thing is I don’t use it for fancy notifications so it should not be sucking battery. But it looks nice and the screen is easy to see and use.
    I have only received one e-mail notification that my battery was low. I noticed at 11:10 a.m. that the battery had already died and I received the e-mail at 11:21 a.m. I have not received a notification since and it has died a couple more times while I was trying to see if I could make it close to 5 days. With my Alta if I received the low battery notification that morning I knew I was good until that night.
    The battery life is my main complaint! I could charge my Alta and it would last me until the end of the week.
    I would not get another one of this model.

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    • February 5, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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      Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a good tracker, apart from the battery issue. It will be interesting to see if Fitbit’s makes some more changes and introduces this as Alta 2 later this year.

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      • February 11, 2019 at 12:58 am
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        Like Karen I got the Fitbit Inspire through my employers wellness program. It looks like the Charge 3 and has the same functions as the Alta. I had to return it after 2 weeks because of the battery life. I love the notification feature on these trackers. The battery life went from 3 days when I initially starting use the device to less than a day when I send it back 2 weeks later. The battery life on the inspire cannot be compared to the battery life of the Alta. I hope they will be able to fix the battery life on the Inspire.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    I very much dislike the short battery life too. Thinking of returning it.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    I also got the inspire through my health insurance company. The battery life stinks. I also dislike that I cannot find any replacement bands or an extra charger.

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