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Office Depot offers discounts to students who can keep hands off smartphones

Office Depot offers discounts to students who can keep hands off smartphones

Office Depot wants to reward college students for putting down their phones and picking up their textbooks.

The Florida-based office supply chain is partnering with Pocket Points, an app that lets students capable of resisting the allure of their smartphone in class earn coupons from retailers and fast-food chains, Office Depot said in a news release Thursday.

Students earn points that can be redeemed for discounts when they use the app to lock their phones while on campus. And while Pocket Points can't guarantee students aren't distracting themselves with their laptops instead of their phones, it does make an effort to make sure it's rewarding phone-free class or library...

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