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FoundersGraham Dugoni[1]
San Francisco, California
ProductsYondr Pouch
ParentFocally, LLC[2]

Yondr is an American company founded by Graham Dugoni in 2014.[3][4] It makes mobile phone pouches which close with a proprietary lock, and a device for unlocking them.[3][5]

The Yondr products facilitate the host of a venue in preventing people from using their mobile phone or similar device whilst inside.[6][7][8][9] People intending to enter such a space are first required to lock their device inside a Yondr Pouch, taking the pouch with their device in with them. They cannot use their device until they leave, at least for example into a lobby or a dedicated area, where they tap the pouch against a Yondr unlocking point. This is intended to deter a variety of potential activities such as unofficial or unlicensed audio and video recording, photography, or the distractions of using a mobile device. It has been used at events and venues such as music concerts,[4][10][11] courts,[12] schools[10][13] and nightclubs.[14]

Yondr leases its products,[6] such as to schools[15] on a per student annual basis.[16][17]

In 2019, Yondr hosted a phone-free music and camping festival in New York.[18]

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  1. ^ "Phone-crazed audiences and fed-up musicians? Yondr is on the case", CNET. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ "FOCALLY LLC", Bizapedia, 11 March 2017. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "This Startup Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World", Wired (magazine). Accessed 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Edgers, Geoff (16 June 2016). "Alicia Keys is done playing nice. Your phone is getting locked up at her shows now". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ Megan Geuss, "I let Yondr lock my smartphone in a sock so I could “live in the moment”", Ars Technica, 12 October 2014. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Stav Ziv, "Over Yondr, Where There Are No Phones", Newsweek, 23 December 2014. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Your Phone’s on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show.", The New York Times. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ Haynes, Gavin (22 June 2016). "The phone prison – how to stop people filming at gigs". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ Sax, David (17 July 2016). "At your next concert: stop filming, start listening". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b Solon, Olivia (20 June 2016). "Put it away! Alicia Keys and other artists try device that locks up fans' phones". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ Kaplan, Ilana (24 January 2018). "Jack White: Former White Stripes frontman bans mobile phones at gigs for '100% human experience'". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  12. ^ A. Slobodzian, Joseph (7 April 2017). "Some find ways to defeat Phila. court's new locking cellphone pouch". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  13. ^ Larry Greenemeier, "Smartphone Lock Pouch Leaves Students to Their Own (Unusable) Devices", Scientific American, 8 May 2015. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Yondr invites you to disconnect in "phone-free" zones". CBS News. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  15. ^ Mary-Ann Russon, "Dave Chappelle using smartphone-locking case to stop audiences leaking stand-up routines online", International Business Times. 4 December 2015. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Yondr Pouch by Yondr (Focally, LLC)", EdSurge. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  17. ^ Tovia Smith, "A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up", NPR, 11 January 2018. Accessed 25 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Over Yondr Festival".

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