There are less and less online bingo sites offering no deposit bingo so they need to offer as many options for depositing and withdrawing funds as possible. Speed tends to be of the essence, with players wanting to be able to play immediately and to get at any winnings as quickly as possible too. It is also vitally important that they also offer the ability to be able to deposit and withdraw via your mobile phone.
Debit and credit cards are, for many, the most obvious choice of payment method, but some people still do not feel safe adding their details to a bingo site, even though modern encryption methods are very secure. For this reason many sites accept e-Wallets and pre-paid cards and vouchers, with these also being useful for those players on a budget.
Always check how long it takes to clear your funds by each method, both in and out, and if there are any associated fees.
Click on the payment logos below see more details about each one and to view all of the bingo sites which accept each payment method.
There are dozens of different payment methods available and most sites will accept most debit and credit cards. Among the e-Wallets and pre-paid options you will find that the biggest brands are the ones accepted by most online bingo sites. These would be PayPal, Skrill, Paysafecard and Neteller.
Register once with e-Wallet PayPal and you will be able to checkout or deposit quickly and safely on any online site that displays the logo. This means that you only give your details to PayPal and you don’t have to input them to each site you visit. The funds will be taken from the bank account you register with PayPal.
This was formerly known as Moneybookers and is well known for enabling low-cost international money transfers. It was once the most popular form of money transfer for gambling sites and found at more, but PayPal is quickly catching up, especially in the UK.
You don’t need a bank account or credit card for Paysafecard transactions. You obtain the voucher from a local shop that offers the service in denominations from £10 to £100 (more if the store has PayPoint facilities. You then log in to your chosen bingo site, access the banking section and enter the 16-digit Paysafecard pin from the voucher in deposits.
You deposit money into your account with Neteller and then you can deposit at any site that accepts the method, with no fees. Money in and out to Neteller accounts is usually instant and this often makes it an attractive option for those using online bingo and slots sites.
Online bingo sites tend to be more limited in their payment method options, but the slots and casino sites have a wider range of choices. Payment methods that are regarded as safe and secure as well as speedy are always being sought out. One of the newest is boku, which specialises in payment by mobile phone bill, but well established methods like ClickandBuy, entropay and Eco Card remain popular.
For those that are not in a hurry many sites still offer Wire Transfer, although there may be additional fees. You could also look for Trustly Bank transfer, SoFort Banking, Zimpler, giropay and iDeal. All have plus points and might offer an acceptable alternative to debit and credit card transactions.
For those people that want something even more instant than those payment methods above and who also don’t want the hassle of visiting a third party supplier online or installing one of their apps, your ‘phone could be your best friend.
These alternative methods of payment are safe and secure and mean no information is passed to a gaming site – you phone provider already has your details and if you call up then you are speaking to a real person.
Pay by phone bill via mobile
This is a relatively new innovation and is available to UK online bingo and slots players. Boku is the recognised market leader in this field and is available to players with phones from EE, Vodaphone, O2 and Virgin.
Make payments to your favourite site and see the amount you choose to spend added to your monthly mobile bill or deducted from your pay as you go balance. As many mobile accounts have pre-set usage limits over any package you might have, this gives added control to spending to a degree too.
Just choose the ‘pay by phone bill’ or ‘boku’ payment method at the site of your choice, enter your mobile number and wait for a text confirming the transaction. Reply ‘Y’ and your deposit will complete, usually with no additional cost.
Pay by phone call
Some bingo sites have set up this added facility within their customer services team as an extra benefit for players.
The site you want to play at will list this method as being available and the telephone number to call will be shown in the deposit section (or you may have to hunt it down in the Terms and Conditions section). You will connect to a real person most of the time and tell them how much you want to deposit and the details of the card you want to pay with. They will then input the details, ensure that the payment is authorised and the money will then show on your account and you can start to play.
Pay by credit card
This is listed as an ‘alternative’ method of payment with which to play online bingo because often it is easy to make a deposit using your credit card, but not so easy to withdraw to. In fact, most sites won’t do withdrawals to credit cards, probably because the card providers won’t accept them and you wouldn’t be able to get at your funds as that is not how credit cards work.