Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile payments go live at Olympics 2012: Photos

Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile payments go live at Olympics 2012: Photos

Summary: Visa and Samsung test out near-field communications for mobile payments with athletes at the London Olympics


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  • Samsung Galaxy S3's Olympics mobile payments

    The London 2012 Olympics are being used to trial mobile payments — with a version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 running Visa's mobile-payment application, Visa payWave, given to 850 people, including a number of athletes.

    The trial participants can use the S3 to buy goods at thousands of retailers across London, including outlets at the Olympic Park, like the one shown here, where Visa is the only credit card accepted.

    The payWave app is not available to consumers, but Visa says it expects the first commercial mobile payments services offering the app under their own brand to launch in the UK in the next 12 months. 

    Along with Visa and Samsung, Lloyds TSB is the bank involved with the Olympics trial.

  • Galaxy S3 at the contactless terminal

    To make a mobile payment, the user holds the S3 smartphone close to a contactless payment terminal. Purchases costing more than £20 require a passcode.

    There are about 3,000 contactless point-of-sale devices and 350 contactless vending machines around the Olympic site.

  • Samsung S3's near-field communication capabilities

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the few smartphones that currently incorporates near-field communication, or NFC, capabilities.

    Visa said in January that payWave is certified for use on NFC-enabled smartphones from Samsung, LG and RIM. Models include the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3, LG Optimus NET NFC, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9790, and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and 9380.

Topics: Olympics 2012, Mobility, Samsung

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  • WOW how effecient is this??

    I want a Coke. It is 2 buck (or whatever they call it in England). I reach into my wallet and give the nice lady a 5. Her terminal says to give me back 3 buck. She hands be the drink and change. DONE. Total time... 2 minutes if we chit chat a little and she is as confused as she looks but it is done in 2 minutes.
    Now it seems that just waving my phone over the terminal thingy, it would be simplier. Wrong, Just think, she has to ring up the purchase, (same time as before), You dig in your phone out of your pants, purse or what ever, you have to enter the unlock pin... you hunt for the payment icon.... waiting.... found it.... press it.... it needs a user validation .... wait... ok to wave the phone ... wave it but not close enough.... to close this time... wait... got it.. Now the confused cashier has to acknowledge the payment on her terminal has timed out on the transaction.. call manager.. ok I might be exagerating but... all this in under 2 minutes. I doubt it.
    • I agree - we do not need those credit/debit cards...

      We all should be using cash - it is faster to get it out of the pocket and it is easier to authorize a payment. :-):-):-)
      Solid Water