Bark Phone vs iPhone SE 3rd generation

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Bark Phone vs iPhone SE 3rd generation
Bark built in
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Bark
Bark Premium, which covers content monitoring and alerts, screen time, and location tracking is included in the phone's price. It comes built into the Bark Phone and can't be deleted.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
iPhones come with Apple Screen Time, but it doesn’t have a monitoring tool.
Child can't delete texts
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Bark
The Bark Phone doesn’t allow kids to delete texts.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Child can delete messages on the device.
Free protective case included
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Bark
A case is included in the cost of the Bark Phone.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Depends on the provider.
Automatic monitoring of many apps and social media platforms
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Bark
On the Bark Phone, Bark automatically monitors texts, Chrome, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord, WhatsApp, KIK, and more if you chose to allow these apps. You can also block them whenever you choose.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
iPhones don’t come with a monitoring tool.
Tamper-proof parental controls
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Bark
Kids can’t change your settings.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Kids often find workarounds for Apple Screen Time.
Sleek and modern design
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Bark
The Bark Phone is a Samsung A13.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
iPhones are regular phones.
Access to app store when needed
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Bark
You can allow access to the app store at any time — or block it. You can also control which apps your child can install.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Parents can allow the app store when needed.
Web browsers allowed
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Bark
You can allow access to a web browser at any time — or block it. It’s up to you. Safe search browsing and YouTube restricted mode are automatically enabled.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Safari is Apple’s built-in web browser but you can also download others.
Grows with child and allows you to add functionality and apps
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Bark
Nearly every setting on the Bark Phone is customizable, making it work for kids of any age.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
You can customize settings on iPhones.
No contract required
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Bark
The Bark Phone is available on a month-to-month basis and you can cancel at any time.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Depends on your plan and carrier.
Cell service included
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Bark
Unlimited talk and text is included with every Bark phone plan.
iPhone SE 3rd generation
Depends on your plan and carrier.

Pricing & Details

No upfront cost. No contract required. Cancel anytime.

  • Bark Phone with USB-C charging cord
  • Comes with a subscription to Bark Premium for the entire family
  • Includes exclusive Bark Phone features like undeletable texts, location tracking, remote phone lock, and more
  • Protective case
  • Unlimited talk and text with data plans that fit your family’s needs
  • Free shipping
Starting at
$ 49 USD /mo

FAQs

What type of phone is the Bark Phone?

The Bark Phone for kids is a Samsung A13. We purposely designed it so that it wouldn’t be recognizable as a “kiddie” phone. No one will know it’s a Bark Phone unless you tell them. Bark’s powerful parental controls are all internal — there’s no Bark branding, logos, or other tell-tales that would broadcast it as a kid’s phone. 

It comes with all the standard features of a Samsung A13 phone.

Regardless of whether a parent has an iPhone or an Android, they will be able to manage the Bark Phone with no issues, so don’t worry about compatibility problems.

How much does the Bark Phone cost?

Bark Phone plans start at $49/month with no contract required. We have three monthly data options to fit your family’s needs:

  • $49/month for unlimited talk, text, and Wi-Fi only (no data)
  • $59/month for unlimited talk, text, and 4GB data
  • $69/month for unlimited talk, text, and 8GB data

Each phone plan comes with a Bark Premium subscription and will cover any other kids, devices, and accounts a user’s family has. You won’t pay for an extra Bark subscription if you already have Bark Premium — we will adjust your plan and prorate the remaining amount left and apply it to the subscription.

How is a Bark Phone different from a phone with the Bark app?

The Bark Phone for kids is the result of years of experience in the online safety industry and real-life conversations with the people whose opinion counts the most: families raising kids with phones in the digital age. 

We’ve created a device that integrates Bark’s software seamlessly, resulting in a comprehensive and robust parental control experience.

It also comes with exclusive features that weren’t possible with just a downloadable app. The Bark Kid’s Phone gives parents unprecedented oversight of their child’s online experience, including GPS-powered location tracking, call blocking, contact management, and automatic monitoring for texts and many apps and social media platforms. 

Its native controls are tamper-proof, providing parents with peace of mind that the rules they set stay in place. Bark can’t be deleted, even if you factory reset it.

The best part of the Bark Phone? It grows with your child as they mature. For younger kids, you can keep the phone locked down with as little functionality as a flip phone. As they get older, you can add in additional freedoms, functionality, and apps — or scale back anytime boundaries are needed.

What does the Bark Phone come with?
  • USB-C charging cord
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Protective case
  • A data plan that fits your family’s needs
  • Bark Premium subscription for the Bark Phone as well as for all of the other devices and accounts in your family
What if I already have a Bark subscription?

If you already have a Bark Premium subscription, that’s okay! We will adjust your plan and prorate the remaining amount left and apply it to your Bark Phone subscription.

Is the Bark Phone available outside the U.S.?

Right now, the Bark Phone for kids is only available for families located in the U.S.

What apps are available?

You know your child best, which is why the Bark Phone gives you full control over the apps they can access. You can block every app that a Samsung A13 could download, or you can allow them all — or somewhere in between, which is where most families will fall.

How is the Bark Phone different from other kids’ phones?

The Bark Phone is powered by the award-winning technology that made the Bark app a trusted name for families across the world. It’s the result of years of experience understanding what families need and want when it comes to kids’ devices.

Secondly, we made it completely customizable, because every family — and kid — is different. For younger kids, you can make the Bark Phone work essentially like a non-smartphone. As they get older and become ready for more responsibility, you can add in functionality and access to web browsing, apps, social media, and more.

The Best Phone for Kids — Powered by Bark

Plans start at just $49/month with no contract required.