Paying by phone has been a way of making payments since way before the internet was invented – if you remember the 80s you might have bought items from a mail-order catalogue over the phone! Now the method has spread everywhere, and even with the internet, some people prefer to make their transactions over a phone line instead of on the computer. Here, we’ll look at how exactly you pay by phone and what the benefits are.
Pay by Phone and Bingo Sites
Virtually every online bingo site accepts payments over the phone – you’ll be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t! You’ll need a debit or credit card in order to make payments, so it works pretty much exactly like doing an online transaction – you’ll need to give your name, card number, expiry date and security code/CCV.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Pay by Phone
Advantages of Pay by Phone:
- It’s easy to use – there’s no requirement to sign up to any services – all you need is a mobile phone!
- Most bingo sites offer it as a payment method.
- This is especially handy for mobile bingo players who like to play bingo on the go – you’ve already got your phone handy!
- No extra fees.
Disadvantages of Pay by Phone:
- It’s not as quick as paying online with your debit card or an e-wallet.
- You may not have easy access to a phone if you’re playing on your desktop!
- It’s not convenient if you want to top up in public – I don’t think you want to be advertising your card details to everyone as you read them out over the phone!
Pay by Phone Usability and Registration
You don’t need to sign up to anything to pay by phone. All you need to do is call the bingo site’s number and you’ll be walked through how to deposit over the phone – you’ll need your debit or credit card details handy, so make sure you have these before calling! Besides the fact that you’re calling up to deposit rather than typing in your details, it works virtually identically to paying with your debit or credit card online.
Pay by Phone Withdrawals
Paying by phone doesn’t add any time to the withdrawal process, so it would take the same time to get your winnings as it would if you requested a withdrawal to your debit card online.
Pay by Phone on Mobile and Tablet
There’s not much to say about using Pay by Phone on mobile and tablet devices – it’s pretty much the same as on desktop! You can call up using the same device that you’re playing on if you wish – though if you’re playing on a mobile it’s possible you’re playing in public, and we don’t really recommend announcing to everyone in a five-metre radius that you’re depositing £100 and here are your bank details! Therefore, this method is probably better suited to those who are playing at home on their desktop rather than on the go with their mobile or tablet.
Pay by Phone Final Thoughts
Pay by Phone isn’t really a complete payment method in itself (you’ll always need a bank card with you) and it’s definitely slower than depositing or withdrawing your money online, as you’ll need to go through the rigmarole of calling up and rattling off your card details. Doing it online saves time as your browser can save your card details for you – a phone can’t do that if you’re making a call! We’d only really recommend this method for people who are more comfortable using a phone.
We’d rate Pay by Phone as 6/10.