Huawei will stop focusing on the U.S. following security setbacks
After months of setbacks over security concerns from the U.S. government, Huawei has finally reached its breaking point. During a meeting in its home of Shenzhen, China, Huawei agreed that it'll be shifting its focus and resources to other markets outside of the States.
During the meeting, rotating CEO Eric Xu said –
Huawei's troubles began this January when its plans to launch the Mate 10 Pro on Verizon and AT&T were thwarted after the U.S. determined the company was a national security threat. AT&T was later urged to stop its commercial relationship with Huawei, and in February, the FBI, NSA, and CIA began telling American consumers to not buy Huawei phones.
Best Buy then succumbed to the pressure in March by announcing it'd stop selling Huawei phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, and all Honor devices, and while Huawei's other CEO, Richard Yu, said the company would continue its efforts in the U.S., it looks like the company's finally had enough.
Along with Huawei, ZTE's also been faced with just as much pushback in the country. The Department of Commerce issued a seven-year ban on April 16 preventing ZTE from using any hardware or software that's exported from the U.S., and on April 18, it was reported that Alphabet was considering revoking ZTE's Android license.
This recent attack on China-based telecommunication companies has been in full force throughout most all of 2018, and it doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.
Whether you live in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world, what's your take on this?
Why does the U.S. government mistrust Huawei and not ZTE or Lenovo?
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Huawei just continue selling your phones unlocked on Amazon and Ebay for those of us that want your products. My Pixel XL is the last phone I'll best above $500.
I would even go as far as having its own retail presence in some US airports & malls where there's high traffic and end users can get hands on use. I spent a very long time in the wireless industry interacting with the retail side of the carrier business and from what I saw first hand, I doubt the sales reps would push a Huawei product as well or as much as they do brands like Samsung.
The carrier sales reps were only keen to sell either an iOS device or a Samsung android phone, these were easy sales for them, plus those two brands had built a loyal customer base.
I'm of the opinion, that the average US wireless consumer that was willing to drop several hundred dollars for an android device would likely lean towards a Samsung before considering buying a Huawei branded device if the prices were about the same.
Being someone that's personally used a couple of Huawei devices, I find their hardware to be sold, their UI software experience on the other hand is whole different story.
I'm sure Samsung CEO is breathing some sigh of relief.
I can understand concern when it comes to government devices and networking equipment on a larger scale, but I don't really have any concern about the Chinese government wanting to spy on me as an individual.
And the US security agencies shouldn't be fooled that China isn't watching 😎 Let the US first exhaust all the pressure it can exert, STAY TUNED.....
I started with BlackBerry when they were king.... got left behind quickly.
I moved onto Windows Phone 8/10 backed by the world's largest software company... got orphaned...
Now I moved onto Android and purchased phones by one of the largest phone hardware manufacturers in the world... only to have them not supporting their phones in north america. Awesome.. I've had my 3 Huawei Mate 10 Lites for a total of about 4 weeks now... LOL... Maybe I should just stop resisting and become a Apple/Samsung convert....
>muh iphone is too mainstream
>i love muh droid
>muh droid is too mainstream
>i love muh galaxy s2
>muh samsung software/too many people are getting samsung devices
>muh pixel le ebin underground google phone
>muh benevolent chinese overlord phones (huawei, zte) Its very contrarian IMO.
I didn't move on from platforms because I tired of them... I moved on because they died or got abandoned....
I'm just hoping the same doesn't happen to my Huawei phones here in USA/Mexico....