Samsung Demands Olympic Athletes Cover Up the Apple Logo on their iPhones for Opening Ceremony

Samsung Demands Olympic Athletes Cover Up the Apple Logo on their iPhones for Opening Ceremony

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Samsung is giving athletes at the Sochi 2014 Olympics a free Galaxy Note 3 but that comes with a catch, according to a report from Bluewin and relayed by SlashGear.

As a condition of the gift, Samsung is demanding that athletes cover up the Apple logo on their iPhone so its not visible during the opening ceremonies. The guidelines were revealed by the Swiss Olympic team.

They were pleased to discover the Note 3 in among the other promotional kit sponsors have been offering, Bluewin reports, but the phone came with guidelines on what Samsung is said to be requiring in return for its financial support. The rule only appears to apply to athletes, rather than anybody else attending the opening ceremony.

Whether athletes will adhere to Samsung's guidelines remains unclear. However, it probably wouldn't be good publicity for Samsung to reclaim a device from someone who ignored their demand.

There has been uproar of late over IOC Rule 40 that prohibits Olympians from mentioning or promoting any sponsor during the Olympic Games unless that sponsor is an official Olympic sponsor. It's said that only about two percent of Olympians are sponsored by official sponsors.

Update:
IOC says athletes do not have to cover the Apple logos.

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Samsung Demands Olympic Athletes Cover Up the Apple Logo on their iPhones for Opening Ceremony
tom.morrow - February 7, 2014 at 3:42am
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ali larter - February 6, 2014 at 9:46am
will , i would accept that note 3 gift and will probably hide the iphone in my pocket instead of hiding the apple logo , i mean c'mon , bigger screen faster cpu better camera bluetooth filesharing what the F$#k else i need . grow up apple fans
odedo2 - February 6, 2014 at 12:01pm
Who wants to cram a note into one hand to use and a pocket, call it a phone when it's evolved to a tablet, and care about big screen when we have a killer camera with flash, parallax in an os, and 64 bit apps, fu€k off samsung fanboy.
Ken - February 6, 2014 at 2:41pm
Bluetooth file sharing haha, look who's telling who to grow up.
Fukjohn Rah - February 6, 2014 at 4:01pm
Who's believing in the desperate now?
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