victor wrote:Nice idea, but why do they have to tie the rebate to smart phone based evidence?
He said "objective evidence" of physical activity could be collected in real time using tools such as smartphone apps for walking, running or cycling.
a) This is vapourware, it's never going to happen. It's only being reported so the fat-arses on the couch can rant about their tax money being handed over to poofs in lycra.
b) Nobody suggested that it would be restricted to smart-phones. They're suggested as one possible way of obtaining objective evidence. It's not a great leap to suggest that a Garmin thing would be another possible way.
c) Having a smartphone (with a popular operating system and GPS functionality) doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay for a phone connection. I kept my old Android phone, without a SIM in it, to use as a bike computer. It works just fine for that. It can connect to my home WiFi network to upload data (and download apps if necessary). I haven't used it much, because I rarely go out without my new Android phone, and there's little sense in carrying a crippled phone-shaped-device-that-isn't-a-phone if I'm also carrying a phone-shaped-device-that-is-a-phone. But if it was worth $3000/yr to me, it would be the first thing that goes in my jersey pocket.
You can get cheap Huawei Android phones for under $100. They might be locked to Vodaphone or whatever, but that doesn't matter if you're never going to put a SIM in it.
As a bonus, all phones are able to make emergency calls if there's coverage on ANY network, whether or not the phone has a SIM in it. That's something your Garmin can't do
But, as I said... never going to happen. It's a brainstorming suggestion.