“Olympics sponsor Samsung is reportedly dropping Galaxy Note 3 smartphones in athletes’ goodie-bags, though the gift comes with a catch: a supposed ban on any other device branding, iPhone or otherwise, during the opening ceremony,” Chris Davies reports for SlashGear. “Details of the clamp-down, which is said to require the Apple logo on an iPhone be physically covered so that it’s not caught on camera during the televised ceremony in Sochi, were spilled by the Swiss Olympic team.”

“The Note 3 [was] 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,” Davies reports. “Samsung is pushing the Note 3 hard at the Olympics, equipping what it’s describing as its ‘Galaxy Team’ athletes with the pen-enabled smartphone to demonstrate how their training and their trip abroad can be better documented.”

“Whether Samsung will get its wish or if the public eye will be distracted from its role in the event remains to be seen,” Davies reports. “Although the Swiss delegation is apparently happy with its accommodations, others visiting Sochi have been less impressed by the new hotels there, and quick to report their dissatisfaction with part-finished hotels and no running water.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Part-finished hotels and no running water. The perfect match for the user experience offered by Samsung phones.

Olympic athletes, cover the backs of your iPhones with these:

Apple logo stickers

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]