Bark Phone vs Pinwheel Slim

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Bark Phone vs Pinwheel Slim
Bark built in
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Bark
Bark is included in the phone’s price and comes built in to the Bark Phone and can’t be deleted.
Pinwheel Slim
Bark comes pre-downloaded on the Pinwheel and can't be deleted. The Bark Premium subscription is a discounted $5/month for Pinwheel.
Child can't delete texts
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Bark
Yes
Pinwheel Slim
Yes
Free protective case included
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Bark
Yes
Pinwheel Slim
Cases are available for purchase at checkout.
Automatic monitoring of many apps and social media platforms
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Bark
Yes
Pinwheel Slim
Only if you pay for a Bark Premium membership.
Alerts for potential dangers
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Bark
Get email/text notifications for issues like cyberbullying and sexual content.
Pinwheel Slim
Only if you pay for a Bark Premium membership.
Tamper-proof parental controls
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Bark
Kids can’t delete the settings you set.
Pinwheel Slim
Kids can’t delete the settings you set.
Regular design (not a kiddie phone)
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Bark
Samsung
Pinwheel Slim
Samsung
Access to app store when needed
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Bark
You can allow access to the app store at any time.
Pinwheel Slim
The Pinwheel Slim allows access to only curated apps. It’s not possible to add apps not included on that curated list.
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.
Pinwheel Slim
Web browsers are not allowed on Pinwheels.
Social media apps allowed
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Bark
Bark gives parents full control over the apps they think best, along with monitoring to go along with the most popular ones.
Pinwheel Slim
Social media apps are not allowed.
No contract required
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Bark
No contract is required with the Bark Phone, and you can cancel at anytime.
Pinwheel Slim
No contract is required with the Pinwheel.
Cell service included
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Bark
Bark Phone comes pre-activated with unlimited talk and text with tiered data plans; no additional set up required.
Pinwheel Slim
Pinwheel does not come pre-activated with service, so you have to set up service separately.

Pricing & Details

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 Kid’s Phone 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 Kid’s Phone 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

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