Yet another payment service has joined the mobile casino market – Barclays Pingit – and it is another twist on depositing via your mobile phone. The service is free to use, provided you have a UK bank account and a mobile phone number. Another huge selling point is that it is as safe as can be, as you’d expect from Barclays and its 300 years of banking expertise.
Despite 3 million downloads since its launch in 2012, Pingit has yet to be adopted by many mobile casinos in the UK. In this article, we learn about the service, in our quest to find out whether we should ‘Pingit at mobile casinos'.
Let's address these questions:
- What is Barclays Pingit?
- Who can use it?
- How does Pingit work?
- Is Pingit safe?
- Which casinos offer Pingit?
- How to start using Pingit?
- Should you Pingit?
What is Barclays Pingit?
Barclays Pingit is a mobile payment service to send and receive funds using your mobile number, the first of the kind in the UK and Europe. Users can pay friends and individuals, just by using their mobile number. You can also pay businesses (insurance companies, retailers, etc) using the Pingit Business Directory, a shortcode or QR code. According to this Barclays infographic, the most common uses of Barclays Pingit are for splitting petrol costs and nights out.
Who can use Barclays Pingit?
Anyone above the age of 16, with an account at a UK Bank or bulding society can use Barclays Pingit. This service is not just for those with Barclays accounts. You’ll connect your bank account with Pingit, in order to send and receive money.
The app is available for iPhones, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Do note that the app only works on Android 2.2 and above, iOS5 and above, Blackberry OS 4.4 and above and Windows 8 Phone. It also does not work on jail-broken phones.
How does Pingit work?
Barclays Pingit service uses the Faster Payment Scheme interface. This strictly-regulated scheme is a procedure that outlines how requests are validated and money is transferred in the most efficient way possible. For the customer, this means payments are immediate!
It’s safe, right?
Of course, top notch security! You can expect nothing less from a 300-year old financial institution like Barclays. The apps are independently assessed in order to be awarded the new BSI (British Standards Institution) kitemark for secure and resilient digital transactions – ISO 27001 certification. In receiving this kitemark, the app has undergone rigourous testing to make sure the security controls meet the required BSI standards for handling confidential data.
Barclays is committed to your security, by doing more than just securing the app. These are some things Barclays has done to protect you:
- provide free Kaspersky antivirus software for mobiles, for all registered users (RRP £49.99)
- automatically log you out of Pingit after 10 minutes
- protect your data using a secure, 128-bit encrypted server
- deactivate your account if three incorrect attempts are made to log in
- constantly monitor your account for suspicious activity and fraud
- guarantee to cover your loss if you are a victim of fraud
The Barclays Pingit service protects your credit card number and other bank details; however you should know that you’re sharing your name, address, email address, mobile number and age with the merchant. This is nothing more than what you have already provided them when setting up a casino account.
Which casinos accept Barclays Pingit?
Although Pingit is popular among individuals and certain businesses, adoption is slow among mobile casinos. I suppose that it is slightly awkward for players to deposit from a separate app, instead of within the casino’s cashier itself. There is only one casino at the moment that accepts Barclays Pingit, and that is 32Red Online Casino.
We've reviewed 32 Red and loved their large games collection. This old-timer hosts 20 popular Microgaming games such as Mermaid Millions, Poker and Blackjack. The casino boasts 24/7 Customer Support, safe and fair games and their popular bonuses. Simply head over to 32 Red and redeem £10 free after signing up. They also give you £32 for every £10 deposit!
We’ll keep you updated whenever more casinos start offering Pingit as a payment service.
Can I withdraw with Barclays Pingit?
How do I use Barclays Pingit?
Simply download the app from the Barclays website here. The registration process is slightly lengthy at around 10 minutes, but the instructions on-screen are simple to follow. Here is a run-through of the registration process.
- Download the free app. This app is available from the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World and Android Markets.
- Set a 5-digit passcode.
- Enter your name, account number, sort code and mobile phone number when prompted.
- Follow the steps to verify your account, via their PINsentry system, at a Barclays ATM or using a (tiresome but necessary) online verification process.
After registering, you can start depositing immediately. Everything is much quicker from here on out! This process is not a conventional one, as you do not deposit from the casino’s cashier. Instead, you’ll deposit from the Barclays app. Depositing using Pingit is a three-step process, as follows:
- Add money into your Pingit wallet.
- Search for “32 Red Online Casino” within the “Pay A Business” tab.
- Deposit and start playing!
Any refunds and complaints should be brought to the attention of the casino. Should you need to, 32 Red's contact details are 0808 180 3232 (Freephone) or [email protected]
Should you Pingit?
You should use Pingit:
- if you already have a Pingit account (and are aware of how great the app is)
- if you currently play at 32 Red Online Casino (it is easier to use than the other options available, ie. debit and credit cards, Ukash, Neteller and Skrill)
- when more mobile casinos introduce the Pingit service
- are anxious about sharing your bank account details with casinos.
If the above do not apply, we recommend that you deposit via phone bill (SMS). This beloved payment service of ours also allows you to pay via your mobile phone, but is slightly more convenient in comparison. All payments are added to your monthly phone bill or deducted from your phone credit. Its one-tap payment system and lack of registration beats Pingit hands down. To find out where to play, check out our Top 10 Mobile Casinos that let you Deposit via Phone Bill.
We'd love to see more mobile casinos adopt Pingit, as it is clearly hanging around the mobile payments industry for quite a while. Keep an eye on our dedicated Pingit section on Droid Slots for the latest developments.
This page is last updated by Victoria, 13 October 2014.