Mobile gambling sites now make up a huge portion of the iGaming industry. Thanks to advances on both the hardware and software sides of the equation, it's now possible to ante-up on anything and everything via your Smartphone or tablet.
As you'd expect, gambling on the go is designed to be as simple and efficient as possible. That's why operators have now simplified their payment processes. It used to be the case that the mobile casinos, sportsbooks and poker sites were unable to process deposits and withdrawals inside their apps.
This was partly because operators weren't able to link their payment partner's software to their mobile software. On top of this, security concerns and data encryption were also beyond the capabilities of the very first gambling apps. In fact, other than offering a small selection of simple games, the first mobile betting apps and sites really didn't have much going for them.
Yes, today, things are very different then before. In addition to virtual casino games and poker tables, mobile bettors can take a punt on live sporting contests, watch video feeds of the top horse racing or football events, play live dealer casino games and, most importantly, make secure payments directly from their mobile using their mobile phone bill.
All licensed operators are now required to offer the same safety and security provisions on their mobile apps as they do on their virtual sites. This means that when you make a deposit or request a withdrawal via your mobile, you can rest assured that your details are protected.
By far the most popular way to fund your mobile betting account is to use your credit or debit card. These transactions are not only processed instantly, but thanks to the backing of major processors such as Visa and MasterCard, you're afforded a high level of protection with this service. Moreover, operators can also process withdrawals to your debit card which makes the overall operation more efficient.
Online wallets or eWallets offer a direct, secure way to pay for things online and things are no different in the betting world. Major players in this space include Skrill, PayPal and Neteller and they all allow you to make deposits and receive withdrawals. Deposit times are instant and withdrawals across most operators are completed within 24 hours.
One of the latest ways to fund your account and unique to the mobile arena, Pingit allows you to send instant payments to another mobile user. Although Pingit can only be used to make deposits, the service is highly secure and, importantly, is also instant.
These are a great option if you're not one for linking your bank account to an online or mobile betting site. This system basically lets you make an online deposit using an offline method.
The final thing you need to know about making mobile betting deposits is that you can make pre-game and in-game transactions. When it comes to pre-game deposits from a mobile device, you first have to set your preferred deposit method. Then you can load up a mobile app, make a deposit and then place your bets.
If you find yourself short of cash when you're playing mobile casino or poker games, it's also possible to make a deposit without exiting the table. Most betting apps allow you to set a "fast deposit" option which basically saves your card number or eWallet information.
After hitting the fast deposit button, the system will bring up your chosen method and ask you to input your debit/credit card's security code or eWallet info. After a few seconds the payment will be processed, without you having to leave the game you're playing.
Mobile betting payments are now more secure, more efficient and more accessible than ever. Whether you want to ante-up using cash or use instant debit card deposits, there are plenty of ways for you to experience the best mobile games with ease