You may be surprised to learn that there are still high street bookmakers that offer telephone betting services on their accounts.
But it’s not just a relic service and there are still people using telephone betting to this day.
Among these companies are household name betting shops such as William Hill, Paddy Power, Betfair, Ladbrokes, and Coral. Other bookmakers that do telephone betting are Goodwin, BetJem, Star Sports, WilsonBet, Geoff Banks, Betdaq, MacBet Sports.
Telephone betting was once the pinnacle of betting on the go. Before the use of online and mobile betting accounts, the only way to make a bet outside of the shop was over the phone. This is not the only reason that some bookmakers still offer the service, as there are times when you can’t access your account any other way.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Telephone Betting
- Access to your account and the latest odds without the need for the internet.
- Helpful customer service agents that walk you through offers, deals outcomes, and odds can take some of the pressure off your shoulders. This means you’re already talking to a member of staff if you run into any surprises or problems when betting.
- Protect your credit score. Some lenders see deposits into gambling shops as an irresponsible use of your money. With some telephone betting accounts the transactions are often more difficult to identify and so don’t affect your score.
- Human touch. Sometimes it’s nice to talk to a real person rather than endlessly clicking through a webpage or scrolling on your phone. If your eyes are sick of the screen or you’re fed up with a glitchy webpage that takes too long to load, a friendly voice can be an attractive alternative.
- Wait times. Although you can often get straight through to an agent, there are always going to be times that you have to wait on hold while the traders are all busy. You can’t guarantee that you’ll get straight through, as you can online.
- Speed and accessibility. Although you can almost always count on a quick and professional service from any reputable betting company, you may still find jumping on the app and finding your bet through a search to be quicker than talking it through with an agent. Sometimes you’ll find the opposite, but often if you know what you’re looking for it can be quicker on an app or online.
- It’s often best to know what you want to bet before you call. When placing a bet over the phone, you can’t see the odds in front of you, or the events that are on. When you play online you can see the full catalogue of odds for all kinds of different events and outcomes as you’re betting.