After several incidents of its handsets catching fire, Samsung distributed Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to 200 passengers in a flight in Spain. This comes a year after the previous model, Note7, had to be recalled and prohibited from being carried in flights after several reports of its batteries catching fire.
On a Coruna-bound plane from Madrid, the company distributed the device for free along with the text: “(translated) A year ago we asked you to turn it off, we welcome you today on board”.
The Galaxy Note 8 price in India is Rs 67,900. During the launch, the company reiterated that the device is totally safe to use.
The move to distribute the phones for free is can be seen as an attempt to rebuild the brand trust after Galaxy Note 7 debacle. It was a surprise gesture for the passengers who had no idea that they would be getting a phone that costs nearly $1000 in Spain for free.