After reports of combustion of Galaxy Note 7 batteries last year, Samsung had to scrap all the phablet sets which cost them $5.4 billion in operating profit.
Several airports and flights had banned Note 7 in their premises for safety reasons. Following this disaster, the firm had invited third-party safety groups to investigate the matter and institute eight-point safety check for future phones and promised to do better in the future.
Then, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched earlier this year which saw swift selling across the globe.
The biggest smartphone company, in a bid to move on from failure of the fire-prone Note 7 devices, gave away its latest Samsung Android flagship units for free to around 200 people onboard a passenger flight in Spain.
This was a jaw-dropping moment for the passengers for getting the phone worth about $1,000 for free. The mobile-phone sets were distributed on a flight operated between Madrid and A Coruna.
The passengers were left grinning from ear-to-ear as the air-hostess walked past the aisle giving away boxes of Note 8 mobile set. Some of them can even be seen flaunting their new sets in a video.
The boxes had written on them in Spanish: “A year ago we asked you to turn it off, we welcome you today on board,” reminding them of the firm’s past experience of facing fire issues and ensuring that the Note 8 is perfectly safe to use even on aircrafts.