Bark Phone vs Pinwheel Slim
Compare the features of the Bark Phone and the Pinwheel Slim.
Compare the Features
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.
Today, Bark comes pre-downloaded on the Pinwheel and can be purchased separately for $5/ mo. However, Bark will be unable to be purchased through Pinwheel devices after 12/20/22.
You decide as a parent whether messages can be removed from the Bark Phone.
The Pinwheel Slim doesn’t allow kids to delete texts.
A case is included in the cost of the Bark Phone.
Cases are available for purchase at checkout.
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.
Only if you pay for a Bark Premium membership.
Kids can’t change your settings.
Kids can’t change your settings.
The Bark Phone is a Samsung A13.
The Pinwheel phone is a BLU G91s.
You can allow access to the app store at any time — or block it. You can also control which apps your child can install.
The Pinwheel Slim allows access to only curated apps. It’s not possible to add apps not included on that curated list.
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.
Web browsers are not allowed on Pinwheels.
Nearly every setting on the Bark Phone is customizable, making it work for kids and teens of any age.
Some things older teens may need – like social media and a web browser – are never allowed.
The Bark Phone is available on a month-to-month basis and you can cancel at any time.
No contract is required with the Pinwheel. But you will have to add cell service separately, which could require a contract.
Unlimited talk and text is included with every Bark phone plan.
You can add your own cell service or use the Pinwheel-recommended Mint Mobile for an additional fee.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Right now, the Bark Phone for kids is only available for families located in the U.S.
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.
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.