**Edit: This post is meant to give you some hope if you are stuck trying to buy Comic Con badges on a mobile device. The preferred method is definitely via a regular computer device!**
**Edit: Bolded what I consider the most important paragraph below, the payment method.**
Comic Con International badge registration time is already upon us! Returning registration has already come and gone, and open registration is likely coming soon.
Having recently completed returning registration on a mobile device, I wanted to share my experiences with you. Please keep in mind that we are not in any way affiliated with Comic Con International, and this guide is very unofficial.
Please note that this guide discusses my personal experience with using a mobile device to purchase badges for Comic Con in San Diego. I will be discussing the technical/functional aspects of how everything worked. I am making no claims that using a mobile device vs using a standard computer in any way changes your odds of being selected to purchase badges.
During returning registration I was unfortunately not able to be home. I was at a previously scheduled Halloween event at a local park. Fortunately, I knew that based on the location I should have a pretty good cell signal, and I would have time freedom to be able to purchase badges should I get through.
Now that we've got all that fancy talk out of the way, let's talk about what device I used and how I went about it.
I was using an iPhone 7, with Chrome browser. I had asked for some recommendations on a Facebook group, and was recommended to use Chrome. This is not to say that the Safari browser will not work, I just don't have any experience to say either way.
As instructed in the email from Comic Con, I did test my browser and it did pass the tests needed, but I did the site does specifically recommend using a desktop browser.
Functionally, the Chrome browser worked fine for me. The only thing I had to be sure to do was tap the screen every few seconds to make sure screen did not lock. I had previously read that this could kick you from the Expo Waiting Room, requiring you to log back in. I do not know if this is true or not. I imagine you can also change your settings to prevent the screen from locking, but I did not think of this at the time.
So, getting the browser to work was pretty simple. Let's move on to purchasing badges.
I was selected to purchase returning badges, and I was buying for myself and another person. This process is the same as on any other browser. You still get 15 minutes to complete your purchase, and everything available when you are selected to purchase is held for you during this 15 minute period. There are some other great guides on this over at the Unofficial San Diego Comic Con Blog.
In order to expedite my purchase and prevent typos, I had put my credit card number into a note on my phone, along with the address and other information I might need. I then copied the credit card number before the waiting period began. This way I had time to make sure the number was right, and not worry about typing it in during my actual checkout. I just had to click in the box and "Paste" the number.
I found that this was extremely helpful since the screens and keyboards are not as easy to work with as they are on a traditional keyboard.
So there you have it. Again, I was using a newer, higher end mobile device and I did not have any issues with purchasing via mobile. The two biggest pieces of advice I had were to make sure you keep your screen on and unlocked, and to have your payment information pre-typed into your phone and/or copied to your clipboard.
Hopefully you found this guide helpful. If you are aiming for open registration, I wish you the best of luck!