In ‘May, making casino deposits with your mobile phone number is becoming increasingly popular. Punters enjoy the simplicity, safety and convenience of the pay-by-mobile option, and it’s a trend that’s accelerated since the UKGC ruled that credit card payments are no longer permitted at online casinos. To satisfy growing demand, there’s now a range of providers offering pay-by-mobile services at many casino sites, and we’ve outlined some of the best below.
Founded in 2009, Boku is the most established pay-by-mobile service and is now accepted at many online casinos. Boku users make deposits with their mobile number, without the need for any bank account or debit card details. Boku acts as an intermediary between your mobile network provider and casino sites, with transactions charged to your network bill and paid weekly or monthly, according to the terms of your mobile contract. To place a bet for the first time, simply enter your phone number at the checkout, and type in the verification code sent via SMS to confirm.
Players are drawn to the ease of use of Boku, which allows users to top up funds instantaneously. This can be particularly important when time is of the essence, but there are a couple of things to consider before using Boku. First, not all online casinos accept Boku, or any pay-by-phone service, so be sure you’re at a site that does if you want to use this option.
Second, although Boku don’t charge any fees for casino deposits, you’re only allowed to deposit up to £30 per day. There are also no opportunities to withdraw funds with this method, so you’ll need to be set up with another banking option before you can take money out of your casino account. As such, Boku should be seen as a quick and easy facilitator of small wagers, and it isn’t suited to high rollers.
Finnish company Siru was founded in 2011 and offers another rapid mobile payment service for online casino players. There’s no need for any bank or card details, with payments made via your mobile number and all transactions charged to your mobile phone bill. You won’t even need to register an account with Siru – just verify your phone number with an SMS code the first time you checkout.
There are tight limits on how much you can deposit daily, and there are also transaction fees to consider. As with Boku, the fact it works through your phone bill means you won’t be able to withdraw any funds.
Zimpler is another pay-by-mobile option that works slightly differently to Boku and Siru. Instead of paying for transactions via your mobile network bill, Zimpler requires users to link a bank account to a mobile phone number when they first set up a Zimpler account. From then on, all transactions will be payable via the linked mobile number, making it equally as quick and straightforward as other pay-by-phone options.
Connecting Zimpler to a bank account makes it possible to deposit and withdraw significant funds, and this is a huge attraction for users. You can typically deposit and withdraw anything between £10 to £4,500, allowing for plenty of betting options. Any withdrawals should appear in your bank account within 15 minutes, though this can sometimes take up to 24 hours to process.
A final mobile payment option at casino sites is Payforit. Like Boku and Siru, there’s no need to create an account, with verification of your first payment made through a one-time SMS code. But similarly, restrictions on deposits and withdrawals are tight – there is no option to withdraw funds with Payforit, and deposits are set at £30. Although this figure may be too small for some, deposits are transferred instantly and there are no fees attached.