Have You Made Any of These Phone Bill Depositing Mistakes?

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If you’ve read anything on this blog before, you’ll already know that we’re huge proponents of using pay by phone deposits, in a large part because of how simple, quick and easy they are. However, there are some ways in which depositing via phone bill can be somewhat problematic, and in the vast majority of cases, this is because of the human error which lies behind the mistakes which are taking place.


We thought, then, we’d take this opportunity to fill you in on some of the mistakes that gamblers are most likely to make when they’re depositing with their phone bills, and encourage you to ask yourself: have I made one of these mistakes before?

Failing to Check Your Details

The number one problem that we’ve heard of when it comes to players failing to get pay by phone deposits correct is that of getting their details incorrect. It should be simply, really; all you need to do is enter your phone number and click confirm – maybe very occasionally needing to enter your name or other information. And yet, you’d be amazed how many times this simple step goes wrong. Our advice? Double check, triple check and quadruple check – otherwise you’ll drive yourself mad trying to work out what’s wrong.

Failing to Reply to the Confirmation SMS

mobile no signal phoneWe all know that different phone bill payment methods work in different ways, and many of them require you to reply to a confirmation SMS asking you to confirm that you want to authorise the payment that’s being corrected. Again, this might seem simple, but an astonishing number of players still manage to cock up this element by ignoring the message, failing to reply, or failing to realise their reply hasn’t sent. Make sure you know what means by which you’re required to confirm, and ensure you do.

Getting the Confirmation Code Incorrect

The alternative method by which phone bill deposits are confirmed is by entering a confirmation code at your chosen casino. This code is sent to you via SMS, and you’re required to then take it, enter it at your chosen casino, and you’ll get your deposit into your player account. Simple, eh? Well no, many players still manage to get the code wrong repeatedly! Our advice? Simply copy and paste the code straight out of your SMS and into your player account – this way there’s no way you’ll accidentally the code wrong.

Going Over Your Limits

boku-deposit-limitWe don’t know how many times we can say it without going blue in the face: be aware of your limits, and be mindful not to exceed them! There’s far too many players in the world who will still happily spend away with their phone bill deposits and fail to keep tabs on how much exactly they’re spending, then when it comes down to it at the end of the day, they are caught in a situation where they really want to deposit and discover they don’t have the ability to. Don’t mug yourself off – just make sure you know where your limit is.

Is It Safe To Pay By Phone Bill, Even At A Trusted Casino?

Mobile PaymentA while back, we warned our readers against dangerous casinos and risks associated with phone bill deposits at such sites. However, that didn’t entirely make it clear whether phone billing is safe in general. Are there any dangers related to pay by phone bill when you are at a trusted casino?

Well, of course there are. Dangers lurk around every corner when you’re not careful. However, you’d be surprised how safe pay by phone bill methods like Boku are if they aren’t used mindlessly. Here are all the reasons and explanations on the topic.


 

Pay By Phone Bill Service Is Regulated

pay by phone bill regulatorsFor one thing, pay by phone bill service and providers are regulated by more than one public entity. First of all, it’s AIMM, which stands for Association of Interactive Media and Micropayments. AIMM is one of the associations that protect the fair and regulated environment of micro-payments, including those between gamblers and casinos.

Ofcom, which is the communications regulator in the UK, is another important player in the scheme. They monitor all the communication channels in the country and make sure that everything works like it should. It’s an independent regulator, but this doesn’t make it any less valid or important.

Finally, PSA, or Phone-Paid Services Authority, is the common name for regulators responsible for all the services related to phone billing. Previously known as PhonepayPlus, they’re the ones who will help you in case your mobile provider acts against the rules or causes you trouble with pay by phone bill services.

All these regulatory bodies will make sure that your payments are safe and work according to the plan. If they don’t, you can always reach out to these institutions and ask for help. Not only will they help you, they work according to the law, so you’ll always have a back-up in case anything goes wrong.

 

Physical Protection Instead Of A Password

muscleOne of the main reasons why people have doubts about the safety of phone billing is that it’s so different. There are no passwords and no logins at all. It may seem like the only effective protection just isn’t there. However, there’s an alternative protection instead and that is physical protection.

What does that even mean? Instead of a password, you only need your phone number to make a deposit. It’s true that anyone who knows your phone number may attempt to use it for a phone bill deposit. However, it’s only you who can authorize such payments, because the only way to do it is by confirming it via the mobile device with that phone number. So, unless somebody steals your phone, there’s no way anyone could make unauthorized payments.

One can’t even say the same about online payments like PayPal and other popular e-wallets like Skrill. In general, people deem these methods safe, yet they aren’t any safer than pay by phone bill methods. In this case, there are no passwords to steal and no sites to hack into. Everything takes places via mobile network instead of the internet.

The only remaining issue is that it becomes dangerous if you lose your phone. There are no passwords to protect your funds from others. However, you can always block your phone number and the method will be disabled automatically. Since you would probably block it in any case after losing your mobile, it’s really easy to eliminate the dangers altogether.

 

So, Is It Safe To Pay By Phone Bill?

shield safeIf you protect your mobile phone and always carry your SIM card in your device, there’s really nothing to worry about. Pay by phone bill is very safe, no matter if the casino you’re at is trusted or not. Of course, each casino may treat these payments differently, so you should still choose a site cautiously. Even a trusted casino may have some terms that aren’t really lucrative, such as transaction fees. However, as far as payment safety is concerned, the system is virtually flawless.

Do Phone Deposits Make You Less Of A Problem Gambler?

mobile casinoMaking phone deposits is quick, easy and can be used by a great many players, who have access to a mobile telephone. That isn’t to say it doesn’t come with its drawbacks, however, seeing as nothing is ever perfect. On the other hand, one of these perceived “drawbacks” could actually be considered as a strength, which makes us ask the question: can phone deposits help make you become less of a problem gambler?

By this, we’re not referring to a problem gambler, who happens to use phone deposits, but those who have yet to fall into addiction who use phone deposits as their primary form of depositing. We have no actual statistics on this matter, seeing as no one has conducted studies into the issue, so most of what we say is largely speculation and our educated guess. After all, we’ve got dozens of years of combined experience in iGambling in between our team members.


 

£30 Daily Deposit Limit

boku-deposit-limitThe logic behind this speculation is quite obvious. Phone deposits are famous for their £30 daily deposit limit, which could impair any player’s ability to become addicted. How are they supposed to spend more than £30 a day when that strict, non-negotiable limit is put into place? This limit exists for all mobile players, no matter which mobile network they’re on. So, if you’re with Vodafone, O2, Three, EE or even Tesco Mobile, phone deposits are always an option. The odds become even less likely when the player only has phone deposits as their form of payment.

However, if you are a problem gambler, it doesn’t matter to you how you pay your money in as long as you get your fix, so this argument crumbles when you take this into account. Fact of the matter is, you’ll find ways to gamble whether you’ve reached a deposit limit or not. We’re not saying phone deposits cause addiction, but they certainly don’t seem likely to prevent them either.

 

Re-Purposed

Trustly Deposit on MobileThe argument further loses credibility when you consider the fact that phone deposits were never made for mobile gambling in the first place. The original purpose of them was to help consumers pay for subscription fees, something entirely unrelated to gambling. It had as much to do with it as PayPal originally did. So, how can something prevent problem gambling if it wasn’t designed for it?

However, that isn’t to say that just because something wasn’t built for a specific purpose, it cannot be useful in that purpose. We’re certain that whoever invented Guinness never meant to burn the hops, but if that didn’t happen we wouldn’t have Ireland’s most famous broth. It didn’t prevent alcoholism, though. So why should phone deposits do the same with problem gambling?

 

Addiction Happens

problem gamblingTo conclude, problem gambling happens just because it happens — some people are simply predisposed to it. It’s been a problem that has plagued mankind for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Addiction is a terrible thing that can make desperate people turn their already bad situations into something worse. Whether phone deposits exists or not, it won’t go away until we find the cure to all addiction entirely.

If you believe you may be struggling with a gambling addiction, there are several websites you can access that will be able to give you the help you need. There’s no need suffer in silence.

How To Make Pay By Phone Deposits With Trustly

Trustly LogoWhilst Boku may be the most well-known pay by phone depositing method around, there are plenty of alternative payment services that are worth exploring. One of these is Trustly, a Swedish brand that has been operating for almost ten years. They have, however, only recently started to cater for the UK market, which is why you may not be too familiar with them just yet.

Trustly allows players to make instant casino deposits direct from their mobile phones. The method is quick, secure and simple to use, and it’s available at hundreds of different casinos. So far, so good, right? Well, if you’re curious about how Trustly works, the pros and cons of the service, and if it’s really better than other depositing methods, then look no further. In today’s guide, we’ll be discussing all of this and more, so that you can work out if Trustly is the perfect banking option for you.


What Is Trustly?

Trustly Countries Trustly was founded in 2008 and it was created with the aim of making online payments quicker and safer. The inventors of the payment method had noticed how tedious making an online bank transfer can be, so they wanted to create a service which would allow customers to bank without the faff of entering long card details and waiting around for transfers to be processed.

Initially, Trustly was only available in a handful of countries, yet in 2015 the company expanded and the service can now be used in 29 countries throughout Europe, including the UK. That being said, to use Trustly, you need to make sure that they support your bank. Most major UK banks are on board, including Lloyds, HSBC, Santander and Barclays.

The main difference between Trustly and other depositing services is that it doesn’t require you to set up any accounts or download any software. Instead, it works by using your online banking log in details. This sounds a little scary, we know, but rest assured that Trustly have been fully approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Moreover, Trustly aren’t able to see or store any passwords you enter.

One of the biggest benefits of using Trustly to deposit at a mobile casino is that it adds another layer of security. Many players have issues with entering their card details online, as they worry about identity theft and fraud. In contrast to more traditional banking methods, Trustly requires three things before a transaction can be processed: the name of the bank you’re using, your online banking login details and access to your online banking security token (which could be a card-reader, an SMS service or any other way your bank allows you to confirm payments).

All of this makes Trustly far more secure than other payment methods, as without access to your banking token, the payment can’t be verified. This means that even if a payment was to be intercepted, the process cannot go ahead without your confirmation.

How To Make A Trustly Payment

Using Trustly couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can make a payment in just four simple steps!

  • Visit your casino’s depositing page and click the Trustly logo
  • Select your bank
  • Login to your bank account
  • Confirm the payment

Trustly Deposit on MobileThat’s it! You’re deposit should be in your casino account immediately and you’re all set to play your favourite games! As we mentioned earlier, one of the best things about Trustly is that you don’t need to set up a new account or even input any banking details. You simply use your existing online banking account login and you confirm the payment using your bank account’s security token.

So, What Are The Downsides?

Throughout this article, we’ve mentioned the many advantages that Trustly has over other depositing methods. However, as with everything in life, the method does have it’s drawbacks too.

The biggest disadvantage of using Trustly, as opposed to a more traditional e-wallet service, is that it doesn’t have the ability to accept withdrawals. This is because the service doesn’t actually have access to any of your banking information. So, whilst you can deposit within a matter of seconds, cashing out may be a longer process than usual as you’ll have to find a different banking method to use.

Pros and Cons Keys on KeyboardFurthermore, Trustly isn’t currently available at all casinos. Whilst the service was made available for UK players two years ago, many big casino brands are yet to adopt the method. This means that, in contrast to services like Neteller and PayPal which seem to be everywhere, you may have to do a little searching around to find a casino that supports Trustly payments.

The Top 3 Mobile Deposit Myths That Are Based In Some Truth

Mobile PaymentAlright, so you’ve heard about mobile deposits plenty of times from us, the good and the bad. In particular, we have spoken about famous mobile deposit myths and how they impact players’ perceptions on how they operate. Most of them are outright lies, but there are a few that could be based in some sort of truth. By this, we mean that although the myth is largely false, it is for the most part a truth that has been misinterpreted or distorted in some way.

That’s why we’re here today to put things straight. Mobile deposits are a good idea and, although they have flaws, it’s time to put to rest the misconceptions once and for all. Here are the top three mobile deposit myths you’ve heard about that are based in some truth.


1. The Need For A Credit/Debit Card

Credit cardsThe whole point behind mobile deposits, people claim, is so that players do not need to use a credit or debit card to access their funds. Their phone credit could over the cost if they have enough money to do so. Generally and in theory, people are incorrect when they say mobile deposits do require a credit/debit card.

However, in one respect they are correct. When referring to those who make mobile deposits by adding the cost to their phone bill, then yes, they will theoretically need a credit or debit card (which is a by-product of owning a bank account) in order to complete any mobile deposits.

You cannot have a phone contract without either of them, because that would mean that you don’t have a bank account and the phone company needs your bank account to bill you. In this regard, it is a myth that’s technically true. On the other hand, the whole process of mobile depositing itself doesn’t need a credit card in the equation to complete any transaction.

2. Not All Casinos Have It

Even in the 21st century, it’s sadly true that some mobile casinos are a little behind the times. This means that not every mobile casino on the internet is going to have a mobile deposit service like Boku or Trustly. In fact, because mobile deposits are still in their baby stage in terms of popularity, it’s unlikely we’re going to see complete universality for another couple of years. This contradicts the fact that mobile deposits are considered to be completely accessible.

Sure, mobile deposits are accessible in that it doesn’t take much to use them, but the fact they can’t be accessed absolutely everywhere yet undermines that advantage. How are you supposed to make a mobile deposit if it isn’t facilitated? This is why the myth that not everyone can use mobile deposits is also kind of true, just not in the way you’d expect. Okay, someone with no fingertips might find it difficult too, but that’s besides the point.

3. Sometimes, It Can Be Confusing

confusionFinally, making a mobile deposit can be a trickier process than it needs to be, particularly for players who aren’t clued up on how it all works. This is easily remedied through guides and articles that explain away how mobile deposits work.

However, being completely new to it can still be disorientating, especially if you don’t know about all the companies that provide the service. The biggest one is Boku but all the others like Trustly and Zimpler present their own unique approach to making a mobile deposit that it’s easy to become bamboozled by it all. So, claiming that to make a mobile deposit is really simple, it is in some regards not entirely true either.

The (Few) Risks Associated With Making Phone Bill Deposits

pay by phone logoA little while ago, we published a post which informed players about the red flags you should look out for when using casinos which offer mobile one bill depositing. However, we figured that the topic of security when it comes to mobile phone bill depositing was so broad and involved that it deserved a whole post dedicated to it.

That’s why we’re here today to talk about some of the risks of mobile depositing and what you as a player can do to protect yourself against them. That said, we’d stress that using SMS payments is one of the safest ways you can make deposits at a mobile casino, as with everything when using the internet, it pays to know what you’re getting yourself into.


Lack Of License

Casino LicensesOne of the most important things to look for before you make a deposit with your phone bill at a mobile casino (or even signing up, if we’re honest about it) is that the site you’re playing at has a license that’s valid in the country you’re playing. For casinos to operate legally in the UK, they must hold a license from the UK Gambling Commission – it used to be that you could run an online casino in the UK while licensed elsewhere, but that’s now changed.

These licenses mean that they are regulated by the UK government and subject to the stringent checks that come along with this. This means that the games are fair, the service is honest, and the depositing options all work like they should.

Poor SSL Encryption

You want to keep your money and personal information safe when you’re gambling online, which is why it’s vitally important that the SSL encryption offered by the casino you’re playing at. Also, it should be decent enough to ensure that all the data you share with a casino is protected. Any protected casino should display which encryption they use at the bottom of their homepage.

It’s worth pointing out that although poor encryption can prove to be quite an issue for phone bill depositors, it’s far less of a problem than if you’d deposited with any number of other options. If you bank or credit card details got into the wrong hands, you would have some real trouble on your hands. :Luckily, with SMS payments, you don’t have to share that kind of information to make a deposit.

Slow/No Withdrawals

withdraw money atmOne of the most annoying things for players about mobile phone bill deposits is that although they’re one of the best depositing methods for mobile casinos, they are not, in themselves, a withdrawal option. This means that those using SMS deposits rely on methods like cheques and bank transfers to withdraw their cash. This throws up two issues.

Firstly, to receive a cheque or bank transfer, you need to share personal and banking information, opening yourself up to risks from unscrupulous casinos (see all the issues above). Moreover, it can be hard to tell if a casino has made a payment via these methods, with delays on transfers and cheques ‘getting lost in the mail,’ it’s with the withdrawals that there’s real space for trouble.

How To Protect Yourself

So, how can you stay safe in the face of these concerns? Well, your best bet is to play only at licensed, regulated and tried and trusted casinos to begin with. Do your research, find out if the casino you’re thinking of depositing at has a license and if it’s encrypted.

Maybe most importantly, find out what other players have to say about things like the service and withdrawals. There’s no need to rush into making mobile phone bill deposits, so take your time, and find mobile phone bill deposit casinos which are safe to play at.

3 Great Mobile Deposit Casinos With NO Wagering Requirements

Wagering RequirementsWagering requirements can make or break a casino. It’s a major thing to consider when you sign up to a site, and it’s one of the key factors we look at when we’re reviewing a new casino. This is because wagering requirements are not only an indicator of how fair a site is with their welcome bonus, but also how they will treat you and reward you in the future.

The only sure way to avoid wagering requirements is to make sure you read the terms and conditions of the casino very carefully before depositing any of your cash. Although casinos with zero wagering requirements are few and far between, they do exist so don’t lose hope just yet!

We know, however, you don’t want to spend your time trawling casinos when you could be playing, so we’ve done all the hard work for you. All the sites mentioned in this list have zero wagering requirements, and what’s more, they all accept mobile deposits too!


Wagering Requirements – A Recap

If you play at online casinos often, then the chances are you already know about wagering requirements. However, sometimes players are familiar with the term, but don’t know exactly how they work until it’s too late. So before we get to discussing the casinos, let’s take a little look at what ‘wagering requirements’ really means.

Cash PresentA wagering requirement is a multiplier that is added to a casino bonus. The multiplier signifies how many times you need to wager your bonus, before you can withdraw any winnings from it. For instance, you may receive a bonus of £20 from a casino, yet it may be tied to 25x wagering requirements. This means that, in total, you’ll have to spend £500 at the site before you can withdraw any winnings from the bonus.

It sounds a little steep, right? Well it is, and it’s easy to write wagering requirements off as unfair. However, we must remember that casinos are businesses so it’s their job to make sure players aren’t taking advantage of their generosity. A wagering requirement forces the player to commit to spending more time at the site and, therefore, boosting the casino’s profits. In short, the casino has to make a calculation as to whether the bonus is worth giving away.

As we said earlier, however, there are sites which don’t impose any wagering requirements. These sites will generally offer lower bonuses than other sites – as they can’t be sure you won’t run away after spending your free cash – yet it does mean that you can withdraw any winnings whenever you wish!

Guts Casino

Guts Casino LogoThe first casino to earn itself a place in this guide is Guts. Guts launched a few years ago, yet their commitment to offering players all of the latest games means that it always feels fresh. Since it’s launch it’s also managed to accumulate a legion of devoted players, thanks to it’s huge promotions, packed out games roster and incredibly quick withdrawals. Furthermore, the site offers a wide range of payment methods, including Zimpler.

Guts has a slightly strange approach to wagering requirements as their policy is not consistent throughout their bonuses. For instance, if you pick up a deposit match bonus at Guts, the bad news is that you will have to clear wagering requirements of 35x.

However, if you pick up a free spins bonus, then this will be wagering requirement free! In addition, players will always be given the option of opting-out of a bonus, which means that if you are trying to avoid wagering requirements like the plague, then you can choose to not take it in the first place.

Play Ojo Casino

Play Ojo LogoPlay Ojo is a fairly new casino, yet it’s already made waves in the industry thanks to it’s innovative, and generous, bonuses system. Instead of traditional promotions, Play Ojo offers players a small reward, each and every time they play. This reward comes in the form of cash back, and for slots you will generally get 0.4% of your wager back.

This doesn’t sound like a lot, we know, and truth be told it isn’t. However, the cashback is handed out regardless of how long you’ve been player, or if you’ve won or lost. Therefore, it means that you should always have some extra cash in your casino account.

In addition to cashback, Play Ojo also boasts a new promotion every day and it also gives its players the chance to win free spins on the Ojo Wheel. They are also offering all new players up to 50 free spins when they make their first deposit.

All of the bonuses at Play Ojo are not tied to any wagering requirements and the site promises to be ‘upfront, clear and simple’ at all times. Play Ojo is definitely a site to visit if you want straight-forward bonuses with no hidden terms and conditions.

 

mFortune, PocketWin and Mr Spin

InTouch Games CasinosWe’ve put all three of these casinos in the same group, as they’re all ran by the fantastic team over at InTouch Games and, you’ve guessed it, are all wagering requirement free! They also all accept Boku payments so they’re the perfect casinos to visit if you love phone bill deposits.

mFortune was the first site created by this indie casino operator, way back in 2008, and it was actually one of the first UK mobile casinos to ever exist. As well as offering players exclusive games which they could download straight to their phone, mFortune also launched with no wagering requirements whatsoever.

Nine years later and the casino has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings. The site have created another two sites, Pocketwin and Mr Spin, and the team now boasts a great collection of slots, a roulette game, a poker game, a blackjack game and even a bingo room!

Despite all their success, InTouch Games have never forgotten their founding principles. The team always promised to offer players bonuses that work for them, and allow them to withdraw their winnings straightaway – and this hasn’t changed.

All bonuses (including deposit matches) at all three sites are completely wagering requirement free, and this becomes all the more admiral when you look at what’s on offer at the casinos. For example, each casino boasts a £5 no deposit bonus for all new players. This is therefore, essentially just free cash as you can withdraw winnings whenever you like!

Three Ways To Tell If Your Mobile Casino Uses Pay By Phone Billing

Mobile PaymentWhen it comes to pay by phone billing, sometimes it’s not always obvious that a mobile casino provides it. It’s not difficult to determine, but at the same time it can get exhausting playing detective all the time trying to see if you can use Boku or not.

It’s a good thing to practise anyway, seeing as pay by phone billing is an almost essential part of mobile casino depositing nowadays. We here at Paybyphone have narrowed it down to three easy ways in which you can tell if your mobile casino does do pay by phone billing.

Some these methods may neither confirm nor deny the fact that they are pay by phone casinos. Some of your research may lead you to a conclusion by inferring a few things. But by following this quick guide, it can makes things a lot easier.


Check The Banking Page

The biggest (and most logical) indication that your mobile casino does pay by phone billing is by checking their banking page. Only by looking at all of the banking options they have available can you determine with certainty whether they do pay by phone billing.

The symbols to look out for are either Boku, Trustly, Paysafecard and Zimpler, all of which provide the service. It may not be immediately apparent so you might have to scroll through all the other options, like PayPal, Neteller, VISA and Mastercard, to see if its’ there.

Often, it’s simply a matter of scrolling all the way to the bottom of the casino’s homepage. There you can normally find the payment methods they have to offer as well as all the licensed gaming software they use and the approval seal by the UK Gambling Commission.

Not all casinos do this, however, so heading over to their banking page is your best bet for total confirmation. If you can’t find the banking page, it’s usually along the top somewhere. If not, most mobile casinos have a search bar you can use.

Look At The Website Layout

pocketwin casino table gamesOkay, now we’re going into the realm of speculation. One of the ways you can infer if your mobile casino does pay by phone billing is by looking at the website’s layout. The layout always tells the tale on whether that casino values mobility over aesthetics. And the best way to see this is by comparing how the website looks on different devices, if the site already doesn’t have an app.

If the website looks better (i.e.: less cramped) on the desktop screen than it does on a mobile screen, then you can probably assume that the casino does not do mobile deposits. If, on the other hand, the site looks good on both, then the opposite is likely to be true,

Of course, this isn’t always the case. But given that pay by phone billing by its very nature is meant for a mobile audience, the fact that the case have failed to make their website mobile-compatible tells you all you need to know. They should be, though, as it’s considered industry standard that every mobile casino has a mobile version of their desktop website. In fact, many mobile casinos should have a “mobile-first” philosophy, meaning that all their website development is geared towards mobile casino players.

Some casinos even go as far as developing their own app for the entire purpose of satisfying mobile players. This more than likely means that they do pay by phone billing too. Why wouldn’t they? It’ll only compliment their effort to appease the market. So you can be sure that they do some form of pay by phone billing.

Check The Performance

bufferingWhile you’re checking the layout, also be sure to check the site’s performance on mobile too. If the experience is sloppy and frustrating then you can be sure that the casino doesn’t value mobile players as much as it should. Therefore, it more than likely does not pay by phone billing. If, on the other hand, the site loads in next to no time, even on 4G, it probably does because… you get the idea.

Admittedly, these last two methods aren’t a hundred percent confirmation sort of check. You have to seriously go to the banking page of any mobile casino in order to be certain that it does pay by phone billing. If it does not have it there, then move on to somewhere that does.

3 Red Flags To Watch Out For At A Pay By Phone Casino

mobile casinoWhen you’re searching for your perfect casino, many people are swayed by the depositing methods that the site accepts. This makes tons of sense as it’s highly inconvenient to have to set up an account with a new e-wallet service, or to find out at a later date that you can’t fund your account in your usual way.

We all have our favourite ways to deposit at the casino and whilst ours, like yours probably, is via mobile phone billing, we understand that it can sometimes feel like you’re missing out. This is because, although more and more casinos are adopting Boku and other SMS billing payment services, it’s still a minority of sites that offer the service.

This means that all those things that players who deposit with a more traditional method look out for, like great bonuses and games, have to come second priority to us – as we’re just thankful to find somewhere we can pay by phone! However, not all casinos are created equally, even those which do offer mobile billing!

Some casinos take advantage of their players, and aren’t to be trusted! Today we’re looking at some of the things which immediately set off alarm ringing in our heads. Knowing these warning signs is important for all players, so you can be sure you’ve avoided choosing a pay by phone casino site that may not treat you fairly.


Transaction Fees

No Hidden FeesTransaction fees are immediate red flags at any casino. There’s absolutely no reason why you should be paying to deposit at a casino, after all you’re giving them money! Moreover, as mobile billing is simply a charge on your monthly phone bill, there should never be any fees to use the service.

We all know that online gambling is a highly profitable business and so, if a casino is trying to squeeze more money out of you, it’s almost certain that they’re not going to be generous with their rewards in the future and are possibly not trustworthy either.

Make sure you always read the terms and conditions before you sign up to any site and, if a site is imposing transaction charges, question if it really is somewhere you want to be playing at. Any good casino will never impose transaction fees, regardless of your depositing method, which means that every penny of your deposit can be spent spinning your favorite slots!

Unreasonable Minimum Deposits

Spending Limit SignOne of the biggest advantages to using a phone billing service is the fact they do allow you to deposit small amounts, which makes the service perfect for casual gamblers. However, nearly all casinos will impose a minimum depositing limit of some kind.

Usually, these should be set at around £5 to £10. Minimum deposits are enforced so that the casino doesn’t have to process a massive amount of smaller transactions constantly, which is understandable.

However, some casinos will impose unreasonable minimum deposit limits, so that you’re forced into depositing more than you might have liked to. In our eyes, this is highly irresponsible as players may then be tempted to spend more than they intended to, simply because the cash is already in their casino account.

All good pay by phone casinos should only expect you to deposit what you feel comfortable with, and therefore they should have a low minimum depositing limit.

Slow Withdrawals

never ending clockDue to third party restrictions, players who deposit via phone billing cannot withdraw in the same way. Although this can sound inconvenient, when you think about it it makes a lot of sense, as the cash would have to be funded to your phone account. So unless you want to spend all your winnings on texting and calling people, it’s an entirely useless way to cash out.

This being said, any casino that offers pay by phone bill deposits should also offer an efficient alternative withdrawing system. A good casino will offer mobile depositing players the same methods as available to all of their other players, yet it’s common for them to ask for some sort of ID first.

However, there are some casinos out there that will drag their heels about it, and make players jump through hoops to simply get their hands on what’s rightfully theirs. Any casino that isn’t forthcoming when it comes to withdrawals should be seen as untrustworthy or, at the very least, annoying!

5 Reasons You Should Turn To Pay By Phone Billing

Mobile PaymentThere’s little doubt in many people’s minds that pay by phone billing has taken the online gambling industry by storm. It is doubtless one of the best payment methods out there and yet many players still stick to their old methods.

While there is nothing wrong with sticking to your e-wallet or credit card, we believe that it would be a mistake to turn pass over pay by phone billing as it could enhance your gambling experience. How? Well, we’ve listed 5 reasons below why you should switch to pay by phone billing immediately.


1) Pay By Phone Billing Is Secure

boku pay by mobileContrary to some belief that has grown among circles in the online gambling community, pay by phone billing is completely secure. In a way, it’s more secure than using an e-wallet. How? With an e-wallet service, you register your details in one place on a particular database. Though security restrictions on said databases are notoriously difficult to crack, the information can still be obtained in some way.

With pay by phone billing, on the other hand, the only information you send is the amount you wish to deposit at your casino and what you get back is a verification code that can only work once. So if you hear anyone who says it’s bad because the security is easily hack-able… well, just tell them how wrong they are.

2) Pay By Phone Billing Is Easy

Pay by phone billing is ridiculously easy that a chimp could probably do it. All it needs for you to do is send an SMS message and that is literally it. This is why many people believe this is what makes mobile deposits lack in security. But, really, it’s so easy and secure that it’s little wonder so many players (and casinos) are taking it up.

While with e-wallets and credit cards, you have to fill out a registration form and worry about getting those details right, anyone with a mobile phone can make a mobile deposit. It doesn’t even require you to have a bank account. Just send that text and the amount is taken from your monthly pay-as-you-go credit. However, if you are on a monthly contract, you may also be able to make a mobile deposit. Simply add the amount to your monthly bill. Handy if you’re short on cash until the end of the month.

3) Pay By Phone Billing Is Quick

Let us ask you a question: how fast is your e-wallet to process payments? It doesn’t matter what the answer is. Whatever it is, it will doubtless not be as quick as making a mobile deposit via pay by phone billing. It’s as fast as sending a text and you could literally be gambling within seconds of putting through your payment.

And the best thing about it is that this doesn’t even require an internet connection to happen. Every mobile phone network company in the UK allows pay by phone billing (with a £30 daily cap of course) which makes things all the easier and most accessible to all players.

4) Pay By Phone Billing Has No Fees

withdraw money atmWhile there are some costs attributed to e-wallets (usually whilst making transactions overseas), there are absolutely none when it comes to mobile depositing. That’s right. None whatsoever. The only cost is the amount you plan to put into your bank account. It’s a completely free service to use, which really makes it something to be a part of.

So the next time you hear anyone telling you mobile depositing has secret, hidden fees, feel free to contradict them because it’s absolutely not true. Pay by phone billing only has the cost of a maximum daily limit of £30, as we’ve mentioned.

5) Pay By Phone Billing Makes Mobile Gambling Better

And finally, when you take into account the previous four points in this post, you can see why pay by phone billing would improve your mobile gambling experience.

It needs no internet connection, can be done simply by sending a text, doesn’t need a credit card to use, and absolutely anyone can do it. It’s built for mobile players and will continue to garner popularity, we feel, until it takes over e-wallets and credit cards as the primary source of depositing.