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Best Buy stops selling Huawei smartphones

Huawei's American dream continues to go awry. Earlier this year the Chinese company was poised for triumph, but took a hit after being dropped by AT&T just before announcing US availability for the Mate 10 Pro flagship. Now these carrier woes are being compounded by the loss of another American partner, as Best Buy will reportedly stop ordering any new Huawei stock. 

This will certainly disappoint US Huawei fans, who won't find it so easy to get their favorite phones in their home country. There are already very few Huawei phones available on prepaid carriers, which how most Americans get their cellphones in the first place. But if you really wanted to get a high end Huawei like the Mate 10 Pro you still had the option of buying one outright from places like Best Buy.

But now, another door is closing. Best Buy has yet to specifically comment on the situation, but it looks like yet another episode in the backlash against Chinese manufacturers, and Huawei in particular, following accusations of espionage from the US government. 

While potential security issues are no doubt the subject of much concern in Washington, most US consumers aren't particularly bothered by this. Certainly not AndroidPIT readers, at least if our poll on the subject is anything to go by.

Huawei recently got into some trouble related to Best Buy after it was suspected of offering a free Mate 10 Pro for fake reviews on Best Buy's site. While scandalous, it doesn't seem to serious an affair to cause Best Buy to drop Huawei and hurt the bottom line. Nonetheless, it couldn't have helped the situation.

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Will we be able to get the Huawei P20 Pro in the US? / © Huawei vía Winfuture

Whatever your opinion on natural security, it's clear that there will be many soft barriers in place to make buying Huawei phones less convenient in the United States. Nonetheless, it is still easy enough to order online though Amazon and Newegg, or other big retailers like Target.

Huawei is still going strong around the world, and we're excited to see what they can bring to the table with the presentation of the Huawei P20 in Paris on March 27. How the new flagship will fare in the US remains to be seen, but it might not be easy to get hold of.

What do you think? Is Huawei being unfairly treated in the United States?

Source: CNET

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  • Sorin 2 months ago Link to comment

    Mate 10 Pro is a very good phone and what interests me is the camera. I'm using the phone more for photography, and very little for talking on the phone, even if I call... phone!


  • Dean L. 2 months ago Link to comment

    Let's look at this as where the majority of smartphones are manufactured, hmmm China. Apple's iPhones are manufactured in China. Lenovo, a Chinese company owns Motorola. And so on. If the Chinese government wants to mine information they have plenty of opportunities to attempt it. To single out one or two brands is only a distraction. Samsung and LG are in Korea and no one's looking at them in this way. And in the past the French were seen as mining technology information and those who were working in tech jobs were told to watch and minimize their interactions with them. Yup, all brought about by the gov. Just my two pfennig.


  • CJ Brown 2 months ago Link to comment

    I have no problem buying an Honor / Huawei through another retailer (Best Buy doesn't need my consumer dollars); yet this action from Best Buy is occurring right when Tarriffs were leveled against China (and that makes me go 'hmmmm coincidence?')


    • Alec B. 2 months ago Link to comment

      My 7" Honor/Huawei leaves my friends other named mobiles for dead...and its battery strength is fabulous, it goes for days with my heavy usage !


  • I was more Afraid when that Muslim was Hating on America than Huwaei Spying


  • I would be more Afraid of the US Government


  • Unfortunately it's a very messy business. I don't discount the risk of ChiCom state fingers in apparently "private" companies. China is not a beautiful model for the future of the world, any more than dimwit Trumpian populism is. Chinese companies have been bolder about exploiting consumers in developing markets than the USA itself, as shown in the "AdUps" scandal a year or so ago, where several accused OEMs showed their US offerings were clean of data mining installations sold in other markets - Amazon reviewed and reinstated their products.

    Here in Canada, there is emerging concern about Huawei's participation in building the new infrastructure for 5G networks - potentially having our government subsidize China for a system that lets it penetrate the next generation of phone tech nationwide. It's not small potatoes, and leaving the problem to this or that big box retailer is not the way to deal with concerns. There is a risk, it isn't being dealt with coherently, and grinning "it's all okay" responses from phone lovers versus hair on fire responses from political demagogues isn't addressing it.


  • Well I guess if you want a Huawei phone Amaazon, B&H, New egg, will have to do. Without Best Buy you can't physically handle it which is sad. It's like buying out of a catalog, yikes many disappointed fans! How much stock does the Donald have in Apple & Samsung. Somehow my gut tells me they have something to do with this!

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