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Today sees the official start of the Olympic Games, with the opening ceremony soon to kick off in London. Samsung, being a big Olympic sponsor, has decided to support the home team with a new series of official limited edition Team GB Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) phones. Similar to the designs seen on the Olympic edition Galaxy Note, the Team GB Galaxy S3 models feature the union flag on a pebble blue background, or the Team GB lion on a marble white background.

Thoughtfully, Samsung realizes you might not want to celebrate the 2012 games throughout the entire multi-year life of the phone, so it's including a standard pebble blue or marble white back along with these Team GB designs. The Team GB Galaxy S3s will be available exclusively from the Carphone Warehouse from next Wednesday, Aug. 1, and will be offered on a range of contracts starting at £28 per month.

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We've got Samsung's full press release after the break.

Samsung rings its support for Team GB

Samsung’s official London 2012 phone available now at Carphone Warehouse

London – 27 July 2012, Samsung, Worldwide Olympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment category, has today announced the release of its limited edition, London 2012 Olympic Games Samsung Galaxy SIII handset. Customers are being given the chance to show their support for Team GB with this exclusive, limited edition Galaxy SIII handset available, only through the Carphone Warehouse.

Available in Carphone Warehouse stores and online from 1st August, the London 2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII comes with an iconic Team GB cover as well as an original cover, allowing customers to convert their phone back to its original design at any point.

The handset will be available for free from £28 per month, with tariffs available on Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Talk Mobile and Three networks.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division said: “As a Worldwide Olympic Partner, we at Samsung want everyone to get behind Team GB and offer them support during the Olympic Games. We are delighted to be able to offer Carphone Warehouse customers the chance to own this exclusive London 2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII handset, combining the chance to support Team GB with owning a piece of cutting-edge Samsung technology.”

The London 2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII will be available in stores nationwide, online at or by calling 0800 925 925.