There’s finally some good news for Samsung amid the whole Galaxy Note 7 exploding batteries fiasco. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an advisory that lifts the ban on the in-flight use of Samsung’s flagship phablet. The DGCA is now allowing passengers to use the Galaxy Note 7, provided they were purchased after September 15, on all aircrafts. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F62 gets cheaper by Rs 6,000 in India: Check new priceAlso Read - These four popular Samsung phones get cheaper in India but for limited period
Samsung has yet to launch the Galaxy Note 7 in India, and reports claim that a launch could happen sometime around Diwali next month. In other words, all Galaxy Note 7 buyers will be able to use their phone on any aircraft in India. To mark an unit as safe, all the Galaxy Note 7 units launching in India will have a green battery indicator. “It is important to note that Samsung has not sold a single unit of Galaxy Note 7 in India so far. The green battery icon will apply to all Galaxy Note 7 units that will be sold to customers in India when it is launched. We recognize the inconvenience this has caused to customers, flyers and airline authorities, and remain committed towards customer safety,” a Samsung India spokesperson said.
The exploding battery fiasco saw major transport services around the world ban the use and charging of the Galaxy Note 7. The DGCA too had made a similar announcement. Things got progressively worse, when an old Galaxy Note 2 unit was reported to have caught fire on an IndiGo flight. Consequently, the DGCA is said to have issued a notice banning the use of any Galaxy Note smartphone on any aircraft. ALSO READ: Here s the real reason why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries are exploding
Samsung is currently in the process of replacing over 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 that were shipped globally. The company is also ensuring that the phablets that do go on sale are put through stringent quality control tests. Samsung is widely expected to launch its flagship phablet in India around Diwali. To make up for the delay in sale, the company will be offering a Gear VR headset for free worth Rs 7,290 to those who had pre-booked the phablet. Samsung will also give these customers an Oculus content voucher worth $50 to these customers. It however remains to be seen how keen users are to opt for a Samsung smartphone, despite the company claiming that they are safe. RELATED: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 India launch now expected around Diwali