Samsung Galaxy S 3 NFC

Samsung Galaxy S III NFC

Samsung galaxy s 3 nfc enabled handset

Finally, Samsung introduced the long-awaited Galaxy S III, with NFC technology for mobile payments. Expected to support Visa PayWave, the contactless payment app. on SIM-cards.
The Galaxy S III will be Samsung’s official Olympics smartphone. Let’s see if the athletes can pay with a wave in July in London.

1e; NFC is NOT enabled by default.
Go to settings – wireless and network – more settings
enable NFC (allow data exchange when device touches another device)

enable/disable S-Beam;
Apps – Settings – More settings – S Beam

The GS III has “S Beam“, a combination of Android Beam and WiFi Direct. NFC to pair and Wifi Direct to share. “With the new S Beam, the GALAXY S III expands upon Android Beam, allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.”
2 Samsung phones with S Beam needed to make it function. If other nfc device has no S Beam, disable S Beam and try to share with the Android Beam, handing-over to bluetooth connection (not trying to use the WiFi Direct).

Where is the nfc antenna? In the battery.
Important to know because the range is only a few centimeters, less than 2 inch in practice.

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Except NFC?
Just looking at the specs list, many people react a little disappointed. “Just” a 8 Mp camera? Just 1 Gig of RAM? Maybe we are a bit spoiled? To much hype created? New Cell Phones almost every day, how can we still expect shocking specs every time. The most valid complaint seems to be about the PenTile screen, great for video, but it’s not the best screen for text. (update; see below what the reviewers say about this screen)

Quad-core, 2100 mAh battery, but the Galaxy S 3 is not focused on more, bigger and faster of everything in the specifications list (hardware). Samsung did connectivity and social enhancements, improved the user experience. Improved software to take more advantage of the (still high-end) hardware.

Galaxy S III or HTC ONE X ? Relax, soon we have more reviews to help you with your luxury problem. It’s like; which of my 2 children I love the most? (a reviewer said this, comparing the 2 handsets)

Some first “hands on” impressions;
– TouchWiz launcher received (mainly cosmetic) changes
– a gigantic set of features not really game-changing or essential
– more responsive than any other Android handset
– its ergonomics are excellent and it looks and feels like a high-end device

– snap stills while capturing video (dual shutter)
– 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years
– optional wireless charging

Update May 30;
From the reviews, the good and the bad;


“the design is probably the biggest bone of contention for most”
“we’ll be very clear on this – the Galaxy S3 is not a cheap-feeling phone”
“the HTC One X is actually 3g lighter than the S3, but despite carrying both around at once, the S3 still felt lighter”
“despite being made of similar material, there’s no doubt that the One X feels more premium in the hand thanks to being a touch more weighty… there’s something about something so large being so light that some will find disconcerting”


“it’s display is the best I have ever witnessed – better than the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, iPhone 4S”
“the extra screen helps to mitigate the effect of the PenTile technology that Samsung uses in its AMOLED phones”


“the outdated assumption that the more megapixels you have the better simply isn’t true”
“the camera on the One X is much better”


“the battery cover is removable!”
“expandable memory”


“S Voice and Smart Stay currently don’t seem like much more than gimmicks at the moment”


“Under heavy load, the phone will last about 8 hours”


“there’s a good reason why the Galaxy S3 is breaking pre-order records the world over”
“between the Galaxy S3 and an HTC One X, it’s a very difficult one to call”
“in terms of pure usability and power, we really like what Samsung has put on the table”
“on the whole you’re looking at a device that is unsurpassed in terms of performance”
* Read reviews from; engadget.com, androidauthority.com, cnet.com and a few others.

Available from May 29 in Europe before rolling out to other markets globally.
Available at all major UK networks at May 30.
Also a 4G LTE version for the United States, Japan and South Korea.
Update May 30; Launched in 28 countries !

update May 20; All signs are pointing toward the Galaxy S III (SGH-T999) heading to T-Mobile USA as the newest piece of evidence surfaces in the form of FCC approval. The documents reveal WCDMA support for T-Mobile’s AWS band, just as we expected to see. There’s also support for the 850 and 1900 bands indicating this device will be ready for T-Mobile’s 4G network as well. via; droiddog.com

update June 4;

US, Samsung Galaxy S III available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular later in June

AT&T and Verizon; Pre-order open June 6.
Sprint and T-Mobile; will start selling June 21.

Galaxy S III at Wirefly, compare and see your savings

Update May 10; “A limited edition showcase device enabled with Visa’s NFC mobile payment application, Visa payWave, will be available for Samsung and Visa sponsored athletes and trialists, making it possible to buy merchandise with a wave of the device at thousands of retail locations throughout London.”
“Samsung’s Olympic Games phone for the London 2012 Games, comes equipped with Near Field Communication payment capability.”
“By the time of the Olympic Games there will be more than 140,000 contactless terminals around the UK. From the moment visitors land at Heathrow they will be immersed in a contactless payment experience with everything from taxis, to retail outlets, to the Olympic Park itself.”
“Visa payWave for mobile allows users to simply select the Visa icon on their mobile device and hold the phone to a contactless payment terminal to pay. Purchases above £20 require a passcode. The application also allows customers to check their transaction history and view their account balance.” Source; Visa.com

update may; Galaxy S III has an embedded secure element and SWP.

update june 1; Mobile payment; consumers in New Zealand can tap the Samsung’s Galaxy S III to pay for bus and taxi rides, as well as small retail purchases.
Contactless payments provider Snapper announced that the Galaxy S III supports its Touch2Pay mobile-payment service with mobile operator 2degrees. The service is also available on the NFC enabled LG Optimus Net, another Android phone. source; nfctimes.com


The GALAXY S III will be available for purchase in Canada starting on June 20, 2012. The SGH-i747 LTE variation of the GALAXY S III will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless. The SGH-iT999 HSPA model will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity. (source Samsung press release)

UK, First Quick Tap Android Smartphone

The Orange UK Quick Tap mobile wallet is still alive and kicking. The Orange Samsung Galaxy SIII will be the first Android device to feature Quick Tap contactless payment technology. Customers will be able to load money onto their handset using any UK MasterCard, Visa, Debit or Credit Card. Who activates the service between 5th September and 5th October receives £50 to spend free!

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Quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos


2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (Dependent on market)


4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display


Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI
Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI


Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)


Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Additional Features

S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot

AllShare Play, AllShare Cast

Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show

Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access

Pop up play

S Voice

Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR

Google™ Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads


WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)


Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer


16/ 32GB User memory (64GB available soon) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)


136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g


2,100 mAh

* Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Source; www.samsungmobilepress.com

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  1. Coly Brown

    I overhead a rumor that the European version of Samsung Galaxy S3 has more features/possibilities than the American version possibly caused by the Apple-Samsung tussle but am not sure.

    Can someone please confirm to me if this is true as its critical for me to know this before ordering the phone online.
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  2. Lakshmi Balu

    That is a great news for the people like me who are curious to know the performance efficiency of the NFC technology. I think with a backing from these giant brands like Samsung, Visa, I see a great deal of NFC to become a mainstream payment system! Thanks for the review of the device.

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