Galaxy S III: The Ultimate Hotel Accessory for London 2012

Back in May, Samsung revealed that the newly-announced Galaxy S III was to be the official phone of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Part of a collaboration with Visa, the deal would see the GS III equipped with Visa's payWave mobile payment application. Samsung said that Samsung- and Visa-sponsored athletes and trialists will be provided with the phones. However, it's not just athletes benefiting from the Galaxy S III's nifty features at this year's Olympics.

Samsung this week announced a partnership with Holiday Inn that will see guests at the Holiday Inn London Stratford City gain access to a full suite of hotel services via their phones. Thanks to a partnership with Fingi Inc., Galaxy S III owners be able to use their phone for express check-in/out, hotel services including room service, laundry services and hotel facility booking. In addition, they'll be able to use their phone as an in-room phone extension.

Aside from helping with hotel services, the Galaxy S III and its unique Holiday Inn Android application provides complete integrated control of TVs, lights, air conditioning and many other AV and in-room functions. Naturally, it will also serve as the key you use to enter your room.

Sadly, this service hasn't been implemented throughout the entire hotel. Instead, it will initially only be available to VIPs staying at one of the 40 specially-equipped rooms.

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  • Anonymous
    someday in the future. I lost my phone. I lost everything.
  • win7guru
    I had this idea years ago when NFC first came out. It makes a lot of sense for technology to progress into hotels like this. Unfortunately not everyone has one of these phones yet so I don't think it will begin to become internationally available in the near future.
  • ewood
    so if you happen to be staying in a VIP suite AND happen to get one of the 40 specially equipped rooms AND you happen to have a galaxy S3 AND you happen to be able to afford to stay there while still being young and tech savvy enough to actually care about the special features then, and only then, you can use your phone to control your room? good investment...