Samsung Spain Hands Out 200 Galaxy Note8 Devices To Passengers In A Flight
All seems to be very well at the Samsung Mobile HQ’s after a very successful 2017. Samsung started the year with the highly successful Galaxy S8 smartphones and resurrected the Note series with the Galaxy Note8 which received record pre-orders in the US and South Korean market. 2017 succeeded the debacle of the global recalling of the Galaxy Note 7 due to serious battery issues. To overcome that psychological block and show how far Samsung’s new Note device has come, Samsung Spain decided to give away 200 Galaxy Note8 devices to unsuspecting passengers of a flight going from Madrid to A Coruna.
In the video, you can see passengers baffled in the beginning, but, when they realised that they are actually getting a US $1000 phone for free, that confusion quickly changed to joy. The boxes were accompanied by a written message in Spanish. It translated to: “A year ago we asked you to turn it off, we welcome you today on board.” This was in reference to the Galaxy Note7 and its highly publicised battery issue. Due to such an extraordinary security concern from a phone, almost everywhere in the world airlines first banned the phone from the check-in baggage and then later banned it altogether.
The global recall of the Galaxy Note7 was a huge blow to Samsung, not just from a financial point of view but, also the company’s image. All was redeemed with the Galaxy Note8 when it was launched in August in 2017 and received rave reviews from critics and consumers alike. This gesture from Samsung goes a long way in proving that no matter how successful its new phones will be, the company will do anything to get over the disaster that was the Galaxy Note7.