Boku Casinos – Pay by Mobile Phone Bill
Most online casinos now offer a mobile version of their software for players who want to enjoy their action on the go. Not all mobile casinos have the same portfolio of games as the download version of the software, and some lack full functionality – i.e. you may not be able to create a new account from the casino´s mobile site. In this case you will have to create an account on a desktop PC first.
One thing all mobile casinos have in common is the facility to make mobile casino deposits. Usually the mobile cashier has the same functionality as the download version and offers the same number of deposit and withdrawal options. However, some allow you to fund your online casino account by adding your deposit to your cellphone (or smartphone) bill – and that is what we will be looking at on this page.
Mobile Casinos offering Boku Phone Bill Deposits
Although mobile casinos are everywhere now, they are still relatively newcomers to the online gambling market compared with the old download casinos of the 1990s. Their growth coincided with the introduction of HTML5 (older iPhones and iPads couldn´t handle Flash), which also provided a higher level of security for mobile gamers.
Similarly, although the company behind BOKU was founded in 2003, the payment-by-cellphone market never really took off until after 2009. By then, most people were making their online transactions by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal. Put two new concepts together and what do you get? A slow uptake on the option to make mobile casino deposits with BOKU.
Making Mobile Casino Deposits with BOKU
In order to be able to fund an online casino account by adding the amount of the deposit to your cellphone bill – or by deducting the amount of your deposit from a prepaid balance – the online casino has to offer a BOKU deposit option. If it does, you will usually find it way down the list of deposit options because depositing with BOKU through your phone bill is a relatively new concept.
Once you have found the Pay by Mobile (Boku) deposit option, enter the amount, your cellphone number and the ZIP code associated with your cellphone. You will be sent an SMS message by BOKU containing a PIN number you have to enter in order to complete the transaction. Enter the PIN number and click “Deposit” to have your deposit immediately credited to your account.
Pros and Cons of Depositing at an Online Casino with Your Mobile
There are several advantages of depositing at an online casino with your cellphone – not least that you do not have to use a bank account, a credit card or an eWallet in order to fund your online action. The process is quick, easy and convenient, and you can do it from the cellphone or smartphone you are using to play at a mobile online casino.
The disadvantages depend on the nature of gambler you are. If you have to use this deposit option because gambling problems have resulted in you being unable to have a bank account, a credit card or an eWallet, this is not an ideal solution to overcome your gambling problems. It can also be very easy to run up a large cellphone bill by making repeated use of this deposit option.
I´ve never heard of BOKU. Who are they?
BOKU is the leading mobile payments processor in the work. Based in San Francisco, BOKU processes mobile payments for companies such as Google, Microsoft, Sony and Facebook.
Is my cellphone compatible with BOKU?
BOKU is connected to more than six hundred carriers throughout the world, so there is a high likelihood your cellphone is compatible with BOKU. If in doubt, check with your cellphone service provider.
Are BOKU casino deposits secure?
Undoubtedly. All transactions are encrypted and, as you have to enter a PIN number in order to complete your deposit, each transaction effectively has two factor authentication.
Can I withdraw funds to my cellphone account?
Not at present. Although this is a likely development in mobile payments sometime in the future, you will have to use an alternate withdrawal method to receive your winnings.