Currently there are no places with a worldwide offer to purchase bitcoins using phone call, phone payments, phone credit, SMS billing or sending SMS. There are a few dodgy places and scams online and our advice is not to try to buy bitcoins from them. European users can enjoy one service described below.
Buy bitcoin with your mobile bill
Some European users will benefit from Coingate. You are able to buy bitcoin with your phone and payment is charged to your mobile bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Upon choosing the purchase amount, you will see the instructions for payment. You can buy Bitcoin by either making a quick phone call, a longer timed call or by sending a text message (SMS). Currently, they support 20 countries (including the UK and Israel) with a plan to expand to 36. Please use this link to register as you will reduce service fees by 50%.
Buy bitcoins with SMS – pay with your phone bill
If you live in Poland you may want to check BTCforSMS. Looks reliable, but we haven’t tested it yet since we are not from supported country. This is currently the only platform that allows you to buy bitcoin with simple text message. If you want to quickly and safely buy a small amount of cryptocurrency without registration and data verification, this is for you.
Buy bitcoins with SMS – pay with other methods
Coinbase lets you send, buy or sell bitcoin via SMS. They offer SMS service that works with any phone or network (more info here). After verifying your number and setting up a PIN simply send a text using one of the preset shortcodes. If you are an existing Coinbase user, you need to enable SMS access in your account (see supported countries). Please note that you can send an SMS to buy bitcoin with Coinbase, but they will debit your primary bank account not your phone bill!
Update, March 17, 2017: Coinbase will discontinue SMS support for accessing Coinbase accounts on March 21st, 2017. “When we launched SMS access 4 years ago, smartphones were still a novelty in many parts of the world, but with the rapid growth of smartphones, we feel that our iOS and Android app can provide a much better experience.”
Send bitcoins with SMS
If you just need to send bitcoin currency you already own to someone with SMS (not to buy bitcoin), please use these services.
- Coinbase digital wallet offers SMS bitcoin sending service.
- You can easily send bitcoin to a phone via SMS if you have a bitcoin wallet at Blockchain.
- Coinapult‘s web and SMS interfaces can be used to send bitcoins to a phone number too.