The desire of mankind to bet on events or gamble in casinos dates back to the ancient past. First money was wagered at local bookmakers or brick and mortar casinos then with the invention of the Internet online casinos and internet sports betting outfits became increasingly popular.
In the recent years a new trend has emerged. Mobile gambling. It is no longer necessary to visit a shop or remain in front of the computer to place bets or play online casino games. Since almost everyone owns at least one cell phone these activities can be performed literally everywhere.
What are some advantages of mobile gambling?
It can be consumed in every place, all over the world, wherever your cell phone leads you, mobile online casino games or sports betting will be present. Given that reliable wireless internet access is locally available of course.
In the case of a live horse racing event or a football game live bets can be placed while staying at the scene watching the action. Mobile games may be played on buses, gambling trains or at the airport while waiting for departure making one’s daily life a lot less boring.
One important point to mention is that hackers have not targeted mobile devices as vigilantly as their computer counterparts yet so that data entry of customers of mobile casinos and sports betting providers is still relatively safe. But that may change once the mobile internet becomes mainstream.
Which disadvantages of mobile entertainment should be mentioned?
Wireless internet access for cell phones, and notebooks, is still relatively expensive in certain countries. So playing on mobile phones could become quite costly. Although a new generation of cell phones, Smartphones like the iPhone, have emerged the actual action zone for mobile sports betting or casino games is somewhat restricted in comparison to a wide computer screen.
As a result mobile casinos and betting providers offer less features and games on their mobile websites. And permanently holding a phone while playing may be less comfortable than sitting in front of the personal computer at home.
Data transmission rates and speed for mobile devices are often lower compared to landline connection points because of the undetermined environment which is affected by all kinds of disturbing signals, in general called ‘noise’, that negatively influence the mobile game action.
At the moment, it is safe to assume that both forms of virtual gambling have their place, in coexistence, and one will probably not replace the other any time soon. While some casino players prefer quick mobile action whenever and wherever they want, others still use their desktop computers to play in the comfort of their own home without any outside distractions.
Some closing notes about mobile gambling
Research has shown that relatively few mobile phone users purchase goods and services via their cell phone so far, which means that providers of mobile casino games will have to determine whether it is economically reasonable to continue this service, and how long, once enough consumer data is available.