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Galaxy S III is the Official London 2012 Olympics Phone

We'd heard rumors but now it's actually been confirmed: The Galaxy S III is going to be the official phone of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. We first heard that this was the case weeks before the phone even launched. Around mid-April Boy Genius Report got some inside information on the device along with word that the phone would be the official handset of the Olympics. Despite the launch and unveiling of the device taking place in London, we didn't hear anything about this when Samsung took the wraps off this device on May 3.

Today Samsung confirmed the phone's status as the Olympic phone and revealed that a limited edition version would be available to select athletes competing this coming summer. It's actually part of a collaboration with Visa that will see the Galaxy S III equipped with the credit card company's payWave mobile payment application. Samsung and Visa sponsored athletes and trialists will be provided with the phones which can be used to buy merchandise at thousands of retail locations around London.

“Mobile payment services enabled by NFC technology are gaining momentum around the world," said DJ Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing team of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. "The Samsung GALAXY S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind and is the ideal device to showcase the ease and convenience of Visa’s mobile payment application at the London 2012 Olympic Games."

Samsung says that by the time the Olympics kick off, there will be 140,000 mobile pay terminals in the UK. Users of Visa's app will just wave their phone for contactless payments on small purchases (less than £20), but bigger purchases will require the user to enter a pin. So far there's no word on whether or not this Olympic handset will go on general sale, but we'll keep you posted.

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  • jankeke
    What do they need an official phone of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games for ?

    Ah yes, money !
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  • Parsian
    lol, u kiddin? It is the Olympics, ofcourse they have to have olympic collectible items like those stupid pins, medals n sh*t.... I collected non during the Vancouver Olympics and I feel missed out since people made money off of them.

    In regard to NFC, i find it annoying that I can use my Galaxy Nexus for NFC transactions. I cant get Google Wallet on my Galaxy Nexus (unrooted) from Google Play's store in Vancouver. Lame. Not that it is a problem because im about to Root it as soon as i get the time and download it through XDA. My point is, Google better open up the access for w/e the reason they are halting access...
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  • MrSmitty81
    Pretty dissapointed with the specs of the phone. I was going to make the switch from the iphone 3gs to this but now I am not so sure. Might hold out and wait one more phone generation.
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  • getreal
    MrSmitty81Pretty dissapointed with the specs of the phone. I was going to make the switch from the iphone 3gs to this but now I am not so sure. Might hold out and wait one more phone generation.Smart move. The 3GS is a much better phone, and you will be much happier waiting for the iPhone 5. Just a little bit longer!
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  • S***. The iPhone 3G is a better phone than this latest Android turd.
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  • rgjhawkins
    havocCUASER5S***. The iPhone 3G is a better phone than this latest Android turd.
    why is it better?
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  • @ rgjhawkins - its always better to go with the original than something that always copies
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  • getreal
    rgjhawkinswhy is it better?1. Isn't using a stolen OS.
    2. Isn't made by Samsung
    3. Designed by an American company
    4. Not made entirely of plastic
    5. The App store

    Enough said.
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  • getreal1. Isn't using a stolen OS.
    2. Isn't made by Samsung
    3. Designed by an American company
    4. Not made entirely of plastic
    5. The App store

    Enough said.
    +1
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  • rgjhawkins
    getreal1. Isn't using a stolen OS.2. Isn't made by Samsung3. Designed by an American company4. Not made entirely of plastic5. The App storeEnough said.
    Hmm I thought maybe I'd get an intelligent response not some Adolescent rant from a jaded Apple fanatic....buuut I guess this is an internet forum after all, so it should be expected.

    I hope your world is a happy one ;)
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