UK network O2 wins exclusive Olympic 2012 editions of the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y

Samsung Olympic Rear CoversIf you were saddened by the news that the special Olympic edition of the Galaxy S3 wouldn’t be made available to the public, then you may be pleased to know Samsung will still be offering a way for a select few to part with their cash in support of the 2012 Games.

Samsung has partnered with UK network O2, and will offer exclusive editions of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y, both of which will come with an Olympic-themed replacement rear cover.

With every purchase, a £1 donation will also be made to support future Team GB Olympic athletes, plus between now and May 24, new owners will be given the chance to win a Team GB Experience, which consists of three pairs of Olympic tickets.

Samsung Galaxy Note OlympicOver the weekend, a series of photos were posted on the Overclockers.co.uk forum, showing the Galaxy Note with its special packaging and one of the two available rear covers.

It’s noted that the glossy cover, complete with Team GB branding, does a better job at protecting the camera lens from scratches than the stock one too.

At £499 ($789) on Pay As You Go, the Galaxy Note may well be outside of many Olympic fans’ budgets, so Samsung will also be offering the Galaxy Y with the same free rear cover and competition offer, all at a far more reasonable £79 (125).

It’s pot luck as to which cover will be hidden inside your Galaxy Y or Galaxy Note’s box, and Samsung make a point of saying they won’t swap one for another, so don’t even bother asking.

Unusually for this type of brand cash-in, there’s no mention of custom wallpapers or ringtones, but the official picture (seen above) does hint such things may be pre-installed anyway.

So, a pleasant enough collectible, but hardly the most exciting use of Samsung’s Olympic license.

Mobile

T-Mobile is giving away free iPhone XRs and Galaxy S9s for the holidays

T-Mobile is celebrating the holiday season with a series of deals for customers who want an iPhone XR, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6T, LG V40, or LG G7. There are terms and conditions to the deals, but they are still worth considering.
Mobile

Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

We checked out the best wireless phone chargers to make tangles and uncooperative ports a thing of the past. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.
Mobile

Report: Samsung's upcoming foldable phone will cost a hefty $1,800

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy F, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Mobile

The Galaxy S10 may be announced before MWC, sell for up to $1,750

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Mobile

Doubts emerge over when LG will reveal its folding smartphone

LG may be working on a folding smartphone, making it the latest device manufacturer to be linked to the technology, which may become one of the standout designs of the coming year.
Deals

Save up to $800 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $800.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Mobile

Give Rachael Ray a run for her money with these 13 recipe apps

You don’t have to be Gordon Ramsay to make a killer meal, you just need an easy to follow recipe app. We’ve compiled our 13 favorite cooking apps for Android smartphones and iPhones, including countless recipes to suit any taste.
Mobile

You forgot all about these 6 phones of 2018. Prepare to forget them again

The best phones of the year are memorable, exciting, and ones we all want to buy. But what about the others? We're not talking about bad phones, we're talking about forgettable phones -- ones that aren't even bad enough to be remembered.
Mobile

Why Honor’s new screen is the hole-y grail in quest to ditch the notch

Honor will release a smartphone with an in-screen camera in the new year, a trend which is gathering momentum in the industry. Honor said it has cracked the formula, and explains what's special about its All-View Display.
Mobile

Forget 3 being a crowd, 4 is the magic number on the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's sequel to the P20 Pro, the P30 Pro, has already started to leak ahead of its 2019 announcement and release. The company is likely to improve even further on the P20 Pro's excellent camera.
Mobile

How to use Samsung’s Bixby assistant for all of your smartphone tasks

Samsung Bixby is a powerful tool, but not the most intuitive one we've encountered. Here's how to set up and use every feature of Samsung's digital assistant, as well as what to expect in the future.
Mobile

AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.
Mobile

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.