Do you use a “less mainstream” mobile network provider like Tesco Mobile, LycaMobile, giffgaff or Lebara? Do you struggle to understand whether you can deposit at a UK Mobile casino? It's tricky, we know!
The short answer is yes, you probably can, as we’ll elaborate below. Now let us look into this strange matter, shall we?
Why are these networks different?
Networks like giffgaff and Tesco Mobile are MVNOs or Mobile Virtual Network Operators. This means that they do not own the infrastructure such as antennas and base stations, instead they access a larger network operator’s services at a certain rate. The MVNO then sets their own rates for the customer, as well as handles selling and distributing SIM cards and customer service on their own. This benefits both operators by selling of excess capacity and reducing startup costs. The biggest winner would be the consumer, with a wide range of options and robust competition to attract customers.
MVNOs in the UK include giffgaff, LycaMobile, Asda Mobile, The Co-operative Mobile and TalkTalk Mobile.
- giffgaff and LycaMobile runs on O2
- Asda Mobile and The Co-operative runs on EE
- Lebara and TalkTalk runs on Vodafone
Are there any brands that we’ve missed? Go ahead and check with this almighty Wikipedia page with a full list of UK Mobile Virtual Network Operators.
So, can I deposit at Mobile Casinos?
For the most part, yup. All UK phones can deposit at mobile casinos. The availability of depositing by phone bill with Three and Vodafone is widely publicised, but less so with Lebara and Tesco Mobile. For example, we’ve tried depositing with a Lebara SIM Card at mFortune and these MVNO networks are not supported at our favourite casino. Which is odd because Payforit explicitly includes Lebara. (Payforit, the micropayment scheme that enables payments via mobile phone, includes all the large network providers.)
If the MVNO operates on one of the main carriers, it may work; provided that you have third party billing or premium SMS enabled for their customers. This service is usually enabled by default on larger carriers like giffgaff.
To find out if this is the case with your SIM card, you can:
- Contact your provider
- Have you donated to Cancer Research UK with the #nomakeup selfie or anything similar? Or paid for your London Congestion Charge by texting a 5-digit number? This means that Premium SMS is enabled on your account.
This is a tricky issue, as we aren’t fully aware of the agreements between micropayment schemes and mobile network operators. These agreements are complex, as they are passing our money amongst themselves in order to provide convenient services for us. Let it be confusing for the network providers and effortless for the players!
Depositing by BT Bill
The software provider, Probability PLC, ensures that all its games offer phone billing as a payment option, by partnering with Boku (one of Payforit’s service providers.) This includes paying with any UK SIM Card or BT Bill. Depositing via BT Bill is a great alternative for players, as they can decide which bill to charge their gambling charges to.
Where to deposit
Droid Slots has done the dirty work and tested these sites out. With a non-mainstream SIM card from an MVNO, we highly recommend that you deposit via phone bill at larger casinos. These casinos are usually staffed by customer service 24/7 and are ready to help, should you face any depositing issues.
Winneroo- Home of good bonuses and exclusive games like Spinneroo
Touch my Bingo- for Bingo lovers and slots players alike
Ladylucks- £20 free to play with!
Go forth and deposit as usual! Using a mobile network that isn’t typically listed is not a cause for concern. The mechanism behind paying by phone bill is usually provided by default with all mobile networks in the UK. If an error shows up, move on to another recommended casino. 🙂 If it persists, call up your phone network and ask them to activate “3rd party billing” or “premium SMS”.
Hope this helps! 🙂