Visa Europe to Send Out Olympics Phone Next Week in Prep for Games

Jun 18 2012

LONDON – Visa Europe will begin sending out its designated Olympics phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, to executives with European banks, mobile operators and retailers, along with athletes, starting next week, in preparation for the start of the games next month, according to Mary Carol Harris, vice president for mobile at the payment network.

She said that besides London, there will be small NFC mobile-payments projects using the phone in Poland and Italy around the time of the Olympics.

Visa and Samsung, both Olympics sponsors, last month confirmed that the handset maker’s recently released flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, would serve as the commemorative Olympics phone. They will use it as part of a trial to demonstrate NFC mobile payment in and around Olympics venues.

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