Mobile Casinos in New Zealand
Since the Gambling Act 2003 prohibits the local provision of online gambling, there are no domestic mobile casinos that Kiwis can play at. But as most foreign casinos are in English, there is nevertheless a wide range of choices available to players in New Zealand.
Mobile penetration in this country of 4.4 million people stands at around 125%. Over 40% of these subscribers are served by Vodafone, 30% by Telecom New Zealand and about 18% by TwoDegrees. There are also a number of virtual network operators serving the customers.
It is estimated that approximately 6 out of 10 Kiwis own a smartphone as of 2013. Unlike in most other countries, in New Zealand Android takes a backseat to iOS, as their shares of the smartphone OS market are 43% and 35% respectively. As the iOS figure suggests, iPhones make up 43% of all smartphones in the country, with Samsung claiming half of that number.
According to latest figures around half of the New Zealanders go online using mobile internet options, so the increasingly widespread use of technology and the growing interest in mobile casinos are trends that reinforce each other.