Olympic Athletes May Use iPhones Without Restriction During Opening Ceremony Says IOC

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    The International Olympic Committee confirmed today that Olympic athletes are free to use any device they wish during the Opening Ceremonies, including iPhones. They are also not required to cover any logos on their devices.

    Yesterday, it was reported that Samsung had asked athletes to cover the logos on devices made by competitors during the opening ceremonies as a condition for receiving a free Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in the gift bags given to all athletes.

    In an email exchange with MacRumors today, an IOC spokesperson was asked about athletes being asked to cover non-Samsung logos on mobile devices. She responded saying the report was "not true":
    Olympic athletes are controversially banned from mentioning any non-sponsor products during their time at the Olympics, including on social media and clothing. Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter, the rule covering the mention of non-sponsors, does have a specific exemption for sponsor logos on clothing or equipment that cover less than 10% of the surface area of the product in question.

    It is possible that Samsung requested that logos be covered, but it is not an official IOC request and athletes will not be penalized for using or displaying non-Samsung phones.

    Article Link: Olympic Athletes May Use iPhones Without Restriction During Opening Ceremony Says IOC
     
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    Hahahaha that's got to hurt for Samsung. Your fault for trying to get it that way anyway.
     
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    oops, too bad for samsung.
    it's a ridiculous rule anyway.
     
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    Apple would have done the same. Let's at least TRY to be fair.
     
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    bazinga! & [​IMG] to all those supporting 'samesung' in the other thread
     
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    They should put big Apple stickers on "everything":D

    Go :apple:!
     
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    I'm not surprised they threw Samsung under the bus. It's not realistic or reasonable to expect them not to be able to use devices they own, or have to try and cover up a logo.
     
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    No big deal samsung phones all look like iPhones anyway.
     
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    Glad to see the IOC has common sense.

    Kind of like looking at 2 school children fighting and got taken care of by a cool headed teacher.
     
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    That's speculation. Companies are judged on what they do, not assumptions that every other company is just as bad.
     
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    I told you guys yesterday. But trolls insisted this restriction by Samsung is normal.
     
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    Samsung is now trying to get their sponsorship money back and requesting athletes return the phones.
     
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    To be fair, I don't think Apple would've needed to do the same, did you see the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics a couple of years ago? Samsung sure did. :)
     
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    So just a desperate attempt by Samsung to force their name out there.
     
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    Quite possibly, and I'd think it was just as ridiculous if they did, too. Glad that the athletes - who are what the games are ABOUT, really - will not have to worry about what they use or whether something is showing unintentionally.
     
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    Because they're a big company? Nah, there are numerous companies out there who would have the good sense to avoid this type of sleazy marketing for exactly the reason that it comes to light, if not for other moral reasons.

    And this sort of stunt is not something Apple's history suggests an affinity for.
     
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    Yes, Apple would but they didn't. Let's at least TRY to deal with the FACT.
     
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    ...and it only would've taken two coverup stickers!:p
     
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    I wouldn't have accepted the Samsung device anyway, why would I want a volkswagon when I already have a Rolls Royce? :)
     
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    The iPhone does not have any identifying logos on it anyway, so Apple would be sFe even if the IOC did prohibit devices displaying logos of non-sponsors.
     
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    That backfired on them, giving more publicity to apple! Nice!
     
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    LOL what?
     

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