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    2018 is shaping up to be a rough year for Huawei's U.S. operations. The Chinese company, widely recognized as the world's third largest smartphone OEM behind Samsung and Apple, was set to sell its Mate10 Pro through AT&T before that carrier backed out of the deal. Now they're about to lose another American retail partner; CNET reports that Best Buy will cease all sales of Huawei products over the next few weeks, and cancel any orders for new stock.

    Americans, like Canadians, tend to finance their smartphone hardware through their carriers, so you could certainly argue that the fallout with AT&T was a bigger deal. Also, you can still buy Huawei phones unlocked through the likes of Amazon and Newegg. What you can't do with either of those online vendors, however, is see and handle your potential Huawei purchase on a physical store shelf.

    Best Buy won't officially comment on their decision, but it almost certainly has something to do with security concerns expressed by the CIA, FBI and NSA over Chinese firms. Huawei, on the other hand, has lots to say:

    "Our products and solutions are used by major carriers, Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of millions of consumers in more than 170 countries around the world," said a spokesman. "We have earned the trust of our partners across the global value chain."
    In case you were wondering it's still business as usual for Huawei in Canada, though there have been some security concerns raised here as well.

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    Huawei is unlikely to be rehabilitated by the US — but it is no longer clear that matters as much as it once did. “That does not prevent them rising to the top,” says Mr Téral at IHS. “This is the most interesting trajectory of any company on the planet: without the US, they have managed to be number one.”

    Huawei flourishes despite perennial hurdles in US
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    I wonder if Canada will follow Uncle Sam’s steps


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    Quote Originally Posted by TwitchyPuppy View Post
    I wonder if Canada will follow Uncle Sam’s steps


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    On the carrier side no change. Huawei operates a lab in Canada and their gear is popular with the operators.

    On the consumer side, Best Buy Canada is discontinuing Huawei sales but carriers and other retailers are still selling them.

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    Huawei makes the best phones in the market ...

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    Huawei products are very serious competitors, facing the big brands of the moment, the brand has managed to position itself on the market, thanks to their reports Quality, Simplicity of use, products and the Android operating system.


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    I replaced my Samsung S7 two days ago with a Mate 10 Pro. Already, after setting it up, I think it is the finest smartphone I have owned.

    It setup easily and with well-thought ergonomics and following my adding a number of new apps and making numerous phone calls and text messages each of the days I have had the Mate 10 Pro, I still have not had to charge the battery. This battery life is so much greater than any of those offered by my former Samsung, HTC, Motorola or Iphones.

    It has handled every task I have tried quickly and without failure.


    I purchased this Huawei for $449 making it a terrific bargain at that price. Best Buy and the other vendors who chose not to sell this product simply have their heads in the sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talkerman View Post
    I replaced my Samsung S7 two days ago with a Mate 10 Pro. Already, after setting it up, I think it is the finest smartphone I have owned.

    It setup easily and with well-thought ergonomics and following my adding a number of new apps and making numerous phone calls and text messages each of the days I have had the Mate 10 Pro, I still have not had to charge the battery. This battery life is so much greater than any of those offered by my former Samsung, HTC, Motorola or Iphones.

    It has handled every task I have tried quickly and without failure.


    I purchased this Huawei for $449 making it a terrific bargain at that price. Best Buy and the other vendors who chose not to sell this product simply have their heads in the sand.
    I am in USA and would have never purchased a Huawei product. President Trump and the FBI under Christopher Wray as director is exactly right about what Huawei has done. Thankfully all the major carriers due to appropriate pressure from government have blocked these devices from the networks here whether it be in the backend or the smartphones themselves. The devices may be well made and look and feel good but its the backdoors inside the phones as well as the espionage and everything else that is disturbing. I would never want to run any of my communications through the devices whether it be Huawei, ZTE and certain other brands which are not trustworthy.

    Huawei is a major threat because people keep touting the products which are coming in at low cost and appearing to be high quality. But if you dissect the hardware, and understand the nature of how the technology was obtained, it is a whole different picture.

    The chinese have been very intelligent but in a devious way consistently. While USA can ban these devices frok activating on its own networks, Huawei is a major threat globally and can and will continue to be disruptive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LTENetwork View Post
    I am in USA and would have never purchased a Huawei product. President Trump and the FBI under Christopher Wray as director is exactly right about what Huawei has done. Thankfully all the major carriers due to appropriate pressure from government have blocked these devices from the networks here whether it be in the backend or the smartphones themselves. The devices may be well made and look and feel good but its the backdoors inside the phones as well as the espionage and everything else that is disturbing. I would never want to run any of my communications through the devices whether it be Huawei, ZTE and certain other brands which are not trustworthy.

    Huawei is a major threat because people keep touting the products which are coming in at low cost and appearing to be high quality. But if you dissect the hardware, and understand the nature of how the technology was obtained, it is a whole different picture.

    The chinese have been very intelligent but in a devious way consistently. While USA can ban these devices frok activating on its own networks, Huawei is a major threat globally and can and will continue to be disruptive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LTENetwork View Post
    I am in USA and would have never purchased a Huawei product. President Trump and the FBI under Christopher Wray as director is exactly right about what Huawei has done. Thankfully all the major carriers due to appropriate pressure from government have blocked these devices from the networks here whether it be in the backend or the smartphones themselves. The devices may be well made and look and feel good but its the backdoors inside the phones as well as the espionage and everything else that is disturbing. I would never want to run any of my communications through the devices whether it be Huawei, ZTE and certain other brands which are not trustworthy.

    Huawei is a major threat because people keep touting the products which are coming in at low cost and appearing to be high quality. But if you dissect the hardware, and understand the nature of how the technology was obtained, it is a whole different picture.

    The chinese have been very intelligent but in a devious way consistently. While USA can ban these devices frok activating on its own networks, Huawei is a major threat globally and can and will continue to be disruptive.
    I only used Huawei phones...It is much better than any US market phone
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    BestBuy is right. Nobody in US should use Chinese phones (I mean phones developed in China) because of spying of Chinese government.
    For the same reason, we should not use Russian developed software (like Kaspersky Internet Security).

    Their developers/manufacturers linked to government security agencies and I don't like the idea of using my data by foreign spying agencies.
    And yes, I know what I am talking about: I was born in former USSR, used to live there for more than 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFK View Post
    BestBuy is right. Nobody in US should use Chinese phones (I mean phones developed in China) because of spying of Chinese government.
    For the same reason, we should not use Russian developed software (like Kaspersky Internet Security).

    Their developers/manufacturers linked to government security agencies and I don't like the idea of using my data by foreign spying agencies.
    And yes, I know what I am talking about: I was born in former USSR, used to live there for more than 20 years.
    Before Huawei was banned here I was aware of the brand. Lenovo is also Chinese and bought the IBM and now Motorola patent portfolio.

    Lenovo hasn’t been banned in the USA unlike Huawei which I guess is due to Motorola and IBM. Marketshare of Huawei is way larger than Lenovo which includes Motorola on a global basis.

    USA smartphone market is essentially Apple vs Samsung in marketshare. Volumes of all the others are much lower. I haven’t seen any significant new breakthroughs yet and even the newest devices don’t seem to add much benefits for now.

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    Huawei phones are not blocked from use on U.S.A. networks.

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