What Is Pay By Mobile?

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  • By Tracy Doyle
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Pay by mobile or pay by phone bill, as it is otherwise known, is becoming an increasingly popular and widely available method of making an immediate deposit into your online bingo or casino account. 

But, what exactly is Pay by mobile, how does it work and is it safe?   

What is Pay by Mobile?

Bingo and casino websites are making it more convenient and quicker for players to make secure and quick deposits into their online accounts. 

Pay by mobile works by allowing users to add funds to their bingo or casino account via their mobile phone, the selected amount is then added to the players mobile phone bill or deducted from their pay as you go credit.

This style of billing is not only great for those who play on the go via their smartphones, but it also means that players don't have to remember multiple passwords or debit and credit card details to play their favourite games. 

Is Pay by Mobile Safe?

Yes, Pay by mobile is regulated by the Phone-Paid Services Authority (PSA) and is a perfectly safe and secure way to add credit to your bingo or casino account without having to enter your bank details. 

There are various phone payment providers available offering Pay by mobile to players that are based in the UK and have a UK mobile phone number, whether on contract or pay as you go

When you use Pay by mobile you're not actually transferring money from your bank account, you're depositing money that is then added to your monthly phone bill or deducted from your mobile phone credit.

As an extra layer of security, some pay by mobile providers has placed restrictions on the amount that can be deposited each day. For example, some have a daily deposit limit of £30 and strict deposit amounts of £3, £5, £10 and £30.

How are you billed?

When you decide to add credit to your online bingo or casino account using Pay by mobile, the amount you chose to deposit is added to your monthly phone bill if you have a contract mobile phone or if you use a pay as you go mobile phone it is deducted from your available credit. If there isn’t enough credit available the transaction won't go through.

For example, if you have a contract mobile phone that costs you £35 per month and you use pay by mobile to add £10 to your online bingo account, your mobile bill for that month will be £45 (assuming you have not made any other transactions outside of your contract).

Or if you have a pay-as-you-go mobile phone with £15 of credit on it and you use pay by mobile to add £10 to your online bingo account the £10 will be deducted from the available credit leaving you with £5 credit.

Which Mobile Providers Are Included?

The majority of UK mobile network operators support pay by mobile, including GiffGaff, EE, Three and Virgin Mobile. Contact your mobile network provider, if you're unsure if they offer pay by mobile services to their customers, to see if you can use Pay by mobile to top up your deposit.