A limited-edition version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Near Field Communications (NFC) tech is being created for the Olympics, it has been confirmed.
The custom edition of the phone will be given out to event partners and athletes competing at London 2012 and will allow them to pay for low-ticket items by swiping their phone over a reader.
The handsets will work with Visa’s NFC infrastructure that takes in “thousands of retail locations throughout London” and in the Olympic Park.
DJ Leek, Executive Vice President at Samsung’s mobile division, said: “Mobile payment services enabled by NFC technology are gaining momentum around the world.
"The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the ideal device to showcase the ease and convenience of Visa’s mobile payment application at the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
Although widely touted as the next big thing in mobile for years, NFC has categorically failed to catch on.
However, largely because the technology is a key feature of phones powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich, experts expect the tech to finally come in age in months to come.
The S3, which is being tipped to break sales records for Android phones and finally debuted last week, hits shop shelves in the UK from May 29th.
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