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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.