Mobile Bingo Guide

Mobile Bingo is a fabulous innovation of the online bingo industry. With the first apps coming out for the first iPhone starting in 2008, the industry has progressed a great deal since then, with full feature offerings that rival their desktop software.

The Best Mobile Bingo Sites

When it comes to searching for the best mobile bingo sites we can’t think of a much better resource than The great thing about their site is that they list literally hundreds of different options, giving honest reviews of each app and great free mobile bingo bonuses, promotions and deals. All things considered, it really is a fantastic resource and I definitely think you should check it out.

No Deposit Mobile Bingo

A great way to play free bingo from your mobile phone or smartphone device is by using a no deposit mobile bingo site. These sites allow you to play for free, without risking any of your own money, normally giving you a certain amount of playable credit for free.

Personally, I recommend a lot of the sites on the Live Bingo Network, which give players in the region of £10-£15 of free credit to be used on both bingo games and slots. A couple of sites you may have heard of on this network include Buttercup Bingo, Comfy Bingo and Booty Bingo, all of which provide a superb £15 free bonus with no deposit required bonus for all to claim.

Bingo App Features

Depending on where you decide to play, different apps will have different features. One thing I like about the Live Bingo Network sites featured above is that no download is needed in order to start playing the various different free bingo games. In short, you can start playing straight from your Android or iOS phone web browser without having to download anything on to the device.

Other alternatives include Cassava bingo apps, from the likes of say Costa Bingo and Robin Hood Bingo, both of which provide a feature rich playing experience and some slots that I highly enjoy. Or you could potentially choose one of the Gamesys bingo offerings, with bingo sites like Jackpotjoy providing one of the best mobile apps to play bingo games on.

Safety Concerns

Finally, the last tip I would give you is although most mobile bingo sites are perfectly safe themselves, be careful about putting in your credit card details through an unsecured mobile data connection. These connections are easier for unscrupulous hackers to get your details and potentially commit some kind of fraud. In order to be completely safe, make sure you use the desktop version of the bingo site in order to deposit and withdraw your prize winnings.


UK Bingo Regulation & Taxation

Online bingo in the UK is governed and regulated by the UK Gambling Comission. This means that any bingo site open to new and existing UK players is bound by the laws in the Gaming and Gambling Act (2005) to provide online bingo and casino games to a minimum set of standards and rules to ensure fairness for all parties.

These laws exist in order to protect players like yourself, your rights and your cash when playing on real money bingo sites. What this essentially means is that you can trust all sites regulated by the UK Gambling Commission as they promote fair play, responsible gambling and are secure enough to play on so as not to be a threat to you, your device or your identity.

Some of the main things regulated by the UK Gambling Commission include technical standards such as accurate rules, game descriptions and likelihood of winning; random outcome generation; auto-play functionality; result determination; interrupted gambling; skill/chance games; financial requirements; site/company information provision.

In addition to the technical aspects of online bingo gaming, the Commission also protects the individual player due to security regulations. These include things like procedures for the monitoring of personally provided information, data protection and privacy policy, IT security policy, service level agreement, data backup policy and detection, prevention and recovery controls to protect against any attacks or malicious codes among other things.

Changes to the Law

In November and December 2014, new laws came into effect, changing how bingo sites are presented to us in the UK. On 1st November, the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act came into force with the aim of ensuring that all remote online bingo providers are subject to consistent regulation to ensure they comply with UK laws. The Act also outlines details of gambling advertising in the UK and both who can advertise along with how such products may be advertised.

The UK Point of Consumption Tax came into force in December 2014 and although there are no direct consequences for UK players, it has caused a change in the industry. The law states that all sites which UK based, but which provide UK players with gambling, must pay tax on the profits generated by any UK player. This means that if you play on a bingo site which is brought to you from somewhere like Malta, they will have to pay tax on the cash you deposit and spend on site.

As a knock on effect, this means that some bingo sites have opted to stop accepting players from the UK, or have closed down altogether in a bid to avoid paying this tax. Although only a handful of sites have opted out of the UK at the moment, this tax could have a longer effect in years to come if it affects the profits of our much-loved sites. However on the other hand it’s also a positive for industry as we may see more independent sites launching within the country.