Just a few years ago bingo was restricted to smoky bingo halls, seaside arcades and social clubs and had what can only be described as an aged image. During the last couple of years in the UK bingo has exploded online and has become the biggest form of online gambling in the UK. Helped by the smoking ban, which in effect bans smoking in enclosed areas throughout the UK and perhaps even helped more so by the credit crunch. Many ardent live bingo players have now switched their play to the internet. In real terms you can now play bingo online for just a few pennies against thousands of players for healthy jackpots which works out much cheaper than travelling to playing live.
But the rise of bingo continues and not only can you play online anytime, now with the big bingo sites launching mobile bingo you can now play on your phone anywhere! We are in the early days of mobile gambling but already bingo seems to be one of the major types of gambling that seems will do very well as the mobile gambling revolution take holds. Mecca and Foxy are the first to test the mobile gambling market but expect most of the other leader operators to follow during 2009.
Many may ask how does mobile bingo work and how do you play bingo on your phone? Well as with online bingo you don't require any I.T. expertise as with most sites you simply sign up, enter your mobile phone number and the software is sent direct to your phone. You also have the option to download the software to your computer and transfer it to your phone by Bluetooth or USB.
A great benefit of mobile bingo is that bingo sites will need to tempt you too sign up to their mobile services and you can guarantee this will come in the form of free cash. UK companies have spent millions with free cash offers to tempt players to play online. These offers during the last few months seemed to have been withdrawn on many sites simply because these offers have done the job. It's back to square one with mobile bingo though and Mecca has already launched a free cash offer for new sign ups.
The slots and general money games available on all the online bingo sites are also available on mobile bingo but at the moment not all of them. Expect to see more of these added during the year and mobile specific games. Please remember though that you can't play online bingo on every mobile phone so you must first check the system requirements of the individual bingo site. As a general rule though if you can browse the internet on your phone and play basic internet games then you should not have a problem running the mobile bingo client. The best phone of course for mobile bingo is the Iphone!
So don't expect the rise of bingo to diminish during 2009 as the growth of mobile gaming will push bingo to even great heights!