Selling mobile phone 'can lead to rise in online gambling'

13 December 2010 — 11:58 AM

The use of modern mobile phones will trigger an increase in gambling through phones, says an expert

People who sell a mobile phone may be more likely to access online gambling sites, should they sign up for a top-quality replacement.

Andy Newton, editor of easyodds, explains high street bookmakers could become extinct due to the abundance of technology that is available these days.

He admits Christmas is a time that can only speed up this process, with many people receiving smartphones and tablet devices over this period.

"As the older generation die out and the new ticket guys come through, are they just going to bypass the shops and increase betting on apps on iPads?" asks Mr Newton.

While this will be a "gradual process", the adoption of the latest mobile phones – possibly after the sale or recycling of older models – will be a significant factor in it.

Juniper Research recently announced the results of a study that showed the amount of money placed on wagers via mobile handsets will be $48 billion (£30.4 billion) by 2015.

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