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Yondr vs Multi-Tiered Safe Pouch

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Managing phone use in schools and public spaces has become a crucial challenge in our digital age. Two prominent solutions, the Multi-Tiered Safe Pouch and the Yondr system, have emerged as effective tools for creating phone-free environments. This article provides a detailed comparison of these systems based on several key factors, including pricing, customization options, ease of use, and other features.


Multi-tiered Safe Pouch® vs. Yondr System


Yondr system and Multi-tiered Safe Pouch are both US Patented technology. Yondr system includes pouches of different sizes that lock up users' electronic devices so that the "device is rendered inaccessible to the user, the locking means being further non-disengageable by the user of the mobile electronic device" until a "predetermined condition is the physical presence of the case outside of a defined geographical region" or " passage of time" is met ( (US9819788B2). Yondr uses a magnetic unlocking key base to unlock the Yondr pouches.


Multi-tiered Safe Pouch® is a one-size-fits-all pouch that empowers teachers, administrators, and event organizers to create phone-free spaces by trapping the phones inside the Safe Pouch while allowing users to access and operate their phones. However, the users are unable to see their entire screen. Safe Pouch® has different tiers of pouches that require different magnetic strengths to unlock pouches of different tiers. For example, Tier 1 Magnet will not unlock any Tier 2 Orange Safe Pouch.






Pricing


Yondr System cost ranges from $15 to $30 per student annually, based on school size and other requirements. (Mather, Yahoo News)


Multi-Tiered Safe Pouch offers a Purchase Option with an Optional Annual Unlimited Repair Plan and an Annual Subscription Option, giving students different options that best fit their demographics and schools' budgets.


Purchase Option Prices

$12-$16 per Pouch

$ 25 per Tier 1 Magnet to unlock any Tier 1 Blue Safe Pouch ( Usually needed one per classroom)

$200 per Tier 2 Magnet to unlock Tier 2 Orange Safe Pouch and Tier 1 Blue Safe Pouch ( Only need one for an entire school)


Annual Subscription Option:

$9.95 per Student per Year* (less than $0.03/day). ALSO INCLUDE:

  • Plus 25 Extra Pouches for Advanced Repair Services

  • One Tier 1 Magnet for All Classrooms and Administrators.

  • Tier 2 Magnet ($200)

  • Plus 5 Tier 2 Orange Safe Puch per 100 students.

  • Unlimited Repair Services 

  • Replacement is only $12 per Pouch.

  • Optional Buyout Purchase after Subscription

Optional One-Time Purchase of additional Tier 2 Orange Safe Pouch.

* Minimum Two-Year Subscription


Safe Pouch focuses on supporting schools with Repair Services to help school reuse their pouches for many years and reduce waste and cost.


Quick Phone Access during Emergency

According to schools that use Yondr: "In case of an emergency, we direct our students to safety first. School staff will be able to unlock a Yondr case in a matter of seconds for students once they are in a safe and secure location." (ClassicalPrep.org)


With Safe Pouch, schools are recommended to have a portable Tier 1 Magnet in all classrooms to unlock any Tier 1 Blue Safe Pouch, which only takes seconds to unlock. If there is no magnet on a rare occasion, anyone can cut the side thread to remove the phone easily. Therefore, students do not have to wait to get to a safe place first.





Accommodations for Individual Students' Personal Emergency Use.


Schools implementing Yondr require students to go to the Main Office to use school phones.


With Safe Pouch, all teachers have a magnet to unlock any student's Blue Safe Pouch so students can use their devices in a personal emergency. Students give the teacher their ID, turn off their phones, and lock them up again to get their ID back after they are done.


Accommodation for Students with Documented Medical or EIP where students need to use their phones.


Schools implementing Yondr provide these a "non-locking Yondr pouch that has a velcro seal." (www.bethlehemschools.org)


Since all classroom teachers have a magnet to unlock any student's Blue Safe Pouch, these students can ask any staff member to unlock their pouches for medical or educational use whenever they need to. Schools are recommended to give these students a special pouch with a hidden label to help teachers identify it. As always, we recommend that all staff follow the policy "trust first and verify later" to prioritize safety and urgency.


Individual Teachers or Partial School Purchase

Yondr does not offer purchasing options for individual teachers or a few teachers in a school.


Win Elements LLC does not have any minimum requirements. Individual teachers can purchase a Complete Class Set of 36 Blue Safe Pouch and 1 Magnet to implement Safe Pouch in their classes, using their department budget or money.



Accommodations for Individual's Medical, Educational, or environmental





Purchase Option for Students and Parents

Yondr does not offer to allow students or parents to buy directly.


Parents and students can purchase Tier 1 Blue Safe Pouch to personalize and use them at their school. Also, parents can purchase the Safe Pouch Parent Version to regulate phone use at home.




Maintenance

Yondr and Multi-Tiered Safe Pouch® are washable with detergent in the cold wash for about 30 minutes. Air drying is critical in preventing potential damage to the pouch.


Repair Service or Plan

Yondr does not offer any service to repair their damaged or broken pouches, but it offers a replacement for $20 per Yondr pouch, which the school charges their students for replacement.


Safe Pouch's Subscription Option includes Unlimited Repair. For the Purchasing Option, there is an Annual Unlimited Repair Plan for $1.5 per pouch/student, whichever is lower for the school. For any pouches that are damaged beyond repair, the school costs $12 to replace them, but it is recommended that the school charge students $15 to cover shipping fees.


Training and Installation Cost and Fees

"The cost for 2023-24 is $26,773. This includes 1,400 pouches, costs associated with implementation (Yondr sends staff to assist with training and initial distribution), accessories including unlocking bases, replacement pouches, any product upgrades and a full year of customer service." (www.bethlehemschools.org)


Multi-tiered is a simple tool that requires no training or installation. If schools or staff think our FREE videos on winelements.com are not enough, Win Elements LLC offers online Zoom training.

Customization

Yondr focused on student artwork customization.


Win Elements offers unlimited customization with a school logo, etc. If a student purchases their own Safe Pouch, they can personalize it with their own artwork.


Disclaimer:

This article compares the Multi-Tiered Safe Pouch and Yondr System based on publicly available information. We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data presented. The details mentioned are intended for informational purposes. Readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence and consult directly with product manufacturers for the most current and detailed information. We are not liable for any inaccuracies in the information presented or for any decisions made based on this information.





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