A limited-edition version of the quad-core device will be specially made for the prestigious sporting event, tying in with Samsung’s position as a major sponsor. However, the Olympic version of the phone won’t be going on general sale and will only be made available to sponsored athletes and selected trialists.
Visa Europe, one of the event’s main sponsors, will be fitting the special edition Galaxy S III with a version of its payWave app. The app uses the new device’s NFC capabilities to allow users to buy food, drinks and merchandise in and around the Olympic village using the many terminals being installed in the run up to the Games.
DJ Lee, head of Sales and Marketing at Samsung Mobile Communications, said: “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.”
Payments up to £20 can be carried out in this way but any larger amounts will have to be confirmed with a passcode for security reasons. By the time the Olympic Games begin in July there are expected to be 140, 000 compatible terminals in operation the UK.