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    Pinwheel vs. Gabb

    Pinwheel VS Gabb Wireless


    Where Pinwheel and Gabb Agree:
    Adult Tech is Not for Kids

    Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way: no ads, no social media, no gaming, no entertainment, no Internet browser, no app store. There are also no workarounds because these phones aren't "disabled" adult tech, with more powerful features hidden somewhere on the phone. There's nothing to get to.

     

    That's where similarities end.

     

    Pinwheel designed a healthy, research-backed smartphone for actually raising free range kids in a digital age,not a dumb phone that looks smart to avoid shame.

    Contacts Whitelist vs. Incoming Spam

    On A Pinwheel

     

    1. It's Whitelist-Only. Nobody can call or text the phone who isn't on the whitelist.

     

    2. It's Mode-Modified. Most parents limit the phone to emergency contacts at school and at night, but enable friends, family, coaches, or neighbors during other modes.

    On A Gabb

     

    Just Google "recycled phone numbers" and you'll see the problem here. Kids end up with old numbers these days. One story we heard was a kid who ended up with the prior number of a portapotty business!

     

    Gabb phones don't prevent spam or strangers calls or texts.

    Raw Customer Comments Re: Call Whitelist

    Mode-Switching vs. One Mode

    On A Pinwheel

     

    Modes like "school mode," "everything mode," and "family time mode" change every app, contact, and routine on the phone to match the rhythms of life.

     

    Oh, and if a child sneaks the phone to bed it's fine because "night mode" turns it into a brick.

    On A Gabb

     

    What you see is what you get. The only mode on the phone is full access to all 14 apps that you see.

     

    You can't turn off calls and texts during school, change it to an "emergency contacts only" device, or turn on just the piano practice apps.

    Healthy Apps Should Grow Up with the Child

    On A Pinwheel

     

    We curated the entire app store with our therapist council to select the best no-ad "tool not a toy" options. You choose when to enable healthy tech like:

     

    A first digital wallet, Tasks & Rewards, Ninjafocus Meditation, Boy Scouts, Gospel Library, and more. These non-addictive apps help kids as they grow.

     

    There's no app store on the Pinwheel phone because parents have an app boutique in the portal.

    On A Gabb

     

    There are no choices. You can't turn apps off at certain times of day. You can't disable the radio. You can't turn off texting for awhile.

     

    There is no parent dashboard. Certainly you can avoid the hassle of configuring, but you can't choose anything.

     

    The 14 apps are what you get. All the time. Gabb can't update those apps after you have the phone.

    Yes, You Can (if it's a tool)

    On A Pinwheel

     

    Video calls with parents and family are possible using Google Duo or FB Kids Messenger (only if you want to!).

     

    IF you want another app you can submit the idea to Pinwheel and we evaluate its no-ad, no-entertainment, no-browser status and then include it. For example we added FB Kids Messenger, Troopmaster, Vivo Fit Jr., and Canva because parents asked. But you don't have to send any app to the phone.

     

    On A Gabb

     

    Nope.

    Choice of Media vs. Tinkering with SD Cards

    On A Pinwheel

     

    Choose whether your child can attach photos and videos to texts or not, and review that as they grow.

     

    Choose from Spotify Kids, Spotify, or Amazon Music, if you want a music app on your kid's phone. Or choose none! It's up to you.

    On A Gabb

     

    Manually plug in the Gabb phone to a computer to download pictures or videos from the phone, because your child can't send the to you.

     

    Manually load music to an SD card and put it into the phone if you want to give your kid music.

    Get More Out of GPS than Just Location

    On A Pinwheel

     

    Sure, find your kid. But also let them find their way by learning to use maps and weather (if you want).

     

    On A Gabb

     

    GPS data is there, but isn't really powering what a phone can do.

     

    Gabb's Answer to GPS

    Parent Portal

    On A Pinwheel

     

    • Choose Apps from Curated List
    • Mode-Switching Timeline
    • Whitelist Contacts and Approvals
    • Contact Groups and Mode-Timing
    • Set Routines/Tasks (e.g. chores)

    On A Gabb

     

    • It's how you pay your bill

    And Then the Hardware...

    Pinwheel uses Ulefone and Samsung models for high-quality phones, made out of metal and with cases ready for 2020. Built to last.

    Gabb uses a very cheap plastic manufacturer ZTE. That's the same folks who make TrustPilot 2-star phones.

    Canceling is Easy

    You manage your own subscription via the Pinwheel billing portal and can cancel or modify your service at any time.

    Gabb requires contact-based canceling, with someone trying to talk you out of it and the actual button out of your hands.

    Waiting isn't Learning

    Both company's founders faced giving their kids a phone and looked at the same research about smartphones being bad for kids (and adults). Gabb concluded "let's delay a child encountering those problems with a dumb phone that looks smart." Pinwheel concluded "so let's design a phone that solves those problems... for life."

     

    If we may, Pinwheel is what Gabb has us waiting for. =)

    Pinwheel Reviews

    "Recently acquired a Pinwheel phone for my daughter and I can't say enough good things about it. Loving the fact I'm able to teach my child about how phones are tools not toys."

     

    –Laralyn Smith

    "After using Pinwheel for a few weeks my daughter is so happy with the digital independence she is developing; and I love that I get to have peace of mind knowing she is doing so in a safe and enriching digital environment."

     

    –Robert Stroud

     


    FAQ

    Does Pinwheel have unlimited texting and calling like Gabb?

     

    Yes, Gabb Wireless offers unlimited call and text for $19.99 a month.

    Yes, Pinwheel offers unlimited text and calls, and includes 2 GB of LTE data that shuts off after being used. No overage, guaranteed. $29.99 per month.

     

    Pinwheel VS Gabb cellular plans

     

    Gabb Wireless only offers their cellular plan for $19.99 per month.

     

    Pinwheel lets users bring their own cellular plan or purchase our T-Mobile plan. Pinwheel's T-Mobile cell plan is $15/mo (making the total monthly price $30).

     

    Does Pinwheel block social media?

     

    Yes. Pinwheel has no Internet, social media, 100 therapist-backed apps, and advanced parental controls. More apps can be added to grow with the child.

     

    When should I choose Pinwheel?

     

    When you want to teach kids how technology is a helpful tool in their life, while avoiding all the "bad" stuff on phones. That can be as early as your child learning to read, or as late as your child going to their first summer camp. It's up to you. Pinwheel safely meets you and your child at the stage you choose to teach them tech.