By Prince Osuagwu

FITNESS enthusiasts across the country can now literarily ‘sit up’ as  wearable technology and lifestyle products, Garmin, recently partnered with MTN to introduce a range of world class health and fitness devices to help boost the fitness level of Nigerians.

The devices include a range of smartwatches  to track, monitor and record daily health activities.

Some of the products pair with smartphones to receive current weather conditions, weather forecasts, voice call/text message notifications, emails amongst other functions.

Speaking during the formal announcement of the partnership at the Corporate Head Office of MTN Nigeria, Mike Clarke, Business Development Manager, Garmin, Sub-Saharan Africa,stated that Garmin’s collaboration with MTN will deliver the ultimate digital experience to Nigerians and provide a platform for people to adopt healthy lifestyles.

He stated: “We are excited to extend our footprint into Africa and partner with the leading telecommunications provider to bring these innovative solutions into Nigeria where we have seen an increasing interest and adoption of healthy lifestyles. Our Garmin watches support various mobile devices operating on the Android, iOS and Microsoft platforms and they will be powered by data from MTN which will give Nigerian customers the opportunity to stay fit and healthy.”

Clarke also added that Garmin products come with a mobile App, Garmin Connect Mobile, through which members can review, analyse and share their activities right from their smart phone devices. “Thebeauty of the App is that people can focus on their fitness and healthy living goals as all the data they rely on is easy to retrieve and viewed through the App on their phones,” he added. Also speaking on the partnership, Richard Iweanoge, the General Manager, Brands and Communication, MTN Nigeria, stressed that the company’s partnership with Garmin was in line with its vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to MTN’s customers.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership because we believe that Garmin is the right fit to drive our commitment towards deploying cutting-edge technology to enrich the lives of our subscribers. Health and fitness have become critical issues  that every one needs to pay attention to and MTN is excited at being  at the  forefront of this movement to keep Nigerians fit,” he stated.

While giving details about the partnership, Iweanoge said that customers who purchase Garmin’s vívofit®3, vívosmart®HR, Forerunner®35, fenix®3Sapphire HR smart watches as well as theGarmin Index™ Smart Scaleupuntil June, 31, 2017,would get 300MB free for 3 months (i.e. total of 900MB valid for 3 months) to use the Garmin Connect App.

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