Best Buy ditches the Mate 10 Pro, are you game with the US phasing Huawei out?

Best Buy ditches the Mate 10 Pro, are you game with the US phasing Huawei out?
First, it was lawmakers throwing a monkey wrench in Verizon and AT&T's deals to include the Mate 10-series of Huawei in their phone roster. Oh well, there's always Best Buy and other retailers to sell one of the finest phones currently on the market in, said Huawei, and moved to the unlocked handsets tier. It's miniscule compared to the US carrier portfolio turnovers and visibility, but what can you do when you are deemed a threat to national security, and a pawn in the larger Trump administration game with China on trade and security.

Now, however, Best Buy has announced that it will phase out the Mate 10 Pro it sells in its stores and online, just when Huawei lowered the price down to Galaxy S9 levels, and threw in freebies to go with the phone. The current inventory won't be replenished by Best Buy when it runs out, and the abrupt turn of fate for Huawei is most likely no coincidence. The Wall Street Journal tips today, in a suggestive "Who is afraid of Huawei?" post, that the US has started to convince Western allies like Canada and Australia, or random places like the Solomon Islands, to scuttle their plans for ordering Huawei equipment. 

Geopolitical and national security considerations aside, we were curious to see what you think about the US going after the Mate 10 Pro in particular, restricting consumer's choice in the process, and whether you consider it blanket fearmongering with phones from the third-largest handset maker a collateral damage, or a genuine national security concern.

Best Buy ditches the Mate 10 Pro, are you game with the US pushing Huawei out?

Yes, those security concerns are no joke
20.88%
No, phones like the Mate 10 Pro are hardly a threat to national security
58.4%
I don't care
20.72%


source: WSJ (paywall)

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31 Comments

3. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

lmao... scared much.

4. S4NDY

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

because Huawei is a threat to Apple

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

I own a Huawei P10 and a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Using the Spy Monitor app nothing goes to any servers in China from my P10 whilst information is sent to servers in China from my Xiaomi. For the Xiaomi I suspect that most of that info is connected to their ecosystem and just because the Huawei data doesn't go to China doesn't mean they can't collect it from elsewhere. But my biggest problem with all of this is that clean roms can be installed by the carriers that would prevent any of the alleged back doors. It's basically what they do anyway with carrier phones so their reasoning is flawed to begin with.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3066; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Every society gets the government it deserves - Joseph de Maistre

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1120; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

No reason to not offer Huawei devices. All phones collect data and send it somewhere. Why limit our choices in phones?

9. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

It must have something to do with money and another country. Why call out Huawei? Where's proof or reasoning behind it. What about other OEM's?

21. Skizzo

Posts: 401; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

A few reasons: 1. The US and China do not get along politically, as China is a huge ally to the Russians. Huawei is the biggest of the Chinese manufacturers. Ergo, Huawei must go. It's strictly a political move. If South Korea was as much of a "threat" to America politically, you'd see the same happen to Samsung and LG, but Korea is an ally, so not really a problem. 2. Other OEMs (other than Samsung) are nowhere near as big as Huawei globally, so it's a matter of killing the biggest and fastest growing competition. 3. Chinese OEMs are bad for business in the US because they draw customers away from companies like Apple and Google, who mine the data of their users for domestic use, and China won't share. I fear that they'll use this to slowly see a ban of all Chinese OEMs in North America.

23. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

the data mining thing isn't a real problem. No one is using Chinese services in lieu of apple or google.

10. HenryBlank

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

US can't spy on Broadcom chipsets, but they have free reign on Qualcomm .. so clearly, the US doesn't want Huawei to grow presence in the states because there spying tactics will fail. This is 100% political and if there WAS evidence that Huawei phones were "spying" on behalf of the Chinese, then the US gov. should put it out for everyone to see .. Hmmm, wonder why this hasn't happened? maybe because there is no proof?

24. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

for the same reason china hasn't released the US spying techniques. it's bad for the spying business.

12. ECPirate37

Posts: 286; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I love my Huawei P9 that I bought in China, and I have the Mate 9 from China as well. When the P20 Pro (whatever the best one is) is released, I'll have someone in China bring me that as well. I want the blue/purple one. Since almost all phones are made in China, why wouldn't someone along the supply chain slip in some code to any phone being sold? I think the NSA is just jealous that someone else wants info as well. haha

13. mcoomes

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Newsflash: If you have data out there, then anyone can access it. It's all just a matter of who wants to, and how much they'll pay. This goes for people, countries, and companies.

14. jsoutherland89

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

This is just lobbying by Samsung and Apple to squash competition.

15. kevin007in

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

threat to apple and samsung, so huawei is out... that is simple...

16. burkett375

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Was an instabuy if it came to Verizon. So sad...

17. jsoutherland89

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Agreed

19. Blackrod5000

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

OMG this is total bulls**t and because we have a jackass Donald Trump president is why this is happening. He's a racist and hates and tells lies on anyone who isn't white

20. Jmar72

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

So what has he said that is so racist. Actually his moves regarding ILLEGAL immigrants will open up a ton of jobs for black men in america. He is pro American and is doing exactly as he said during his campaign. From what I can tell China sure is pro China, which is fine. I have no issue with no one but you can have national pride and still embrace others. Also did you know China imposes tariffs o our goods. He wants a fair playing field. Now the process will never tell you that but that's what he's about. I like Trump but I don't think the phones are an issue so I bought one. I think its the best phone I ever had. I love being American and I love having choices.

27. TheOracle1

Posts: 1823; Member since: May 04, 2015

What has he said that's so racist? Nothing regarding this issue but many things on other topics. Open up jobs for blacks? Racism and immigration isn't only about blacks. It's about other ethnicities and Muslims too. Fyi the poorest counties and proportionally highest number of welfare recipients in the US are all in Republican Trump country. Places like Kentucky and West Virginia. But it's ok, you can continue to be brainwashed by Fox and Info Wars if it makes you feel better. The stock market and most informed people don't seem to agree with your isolationist ignorance.

25. HenryBlank

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What security concerns?! The UK and Canada are allies of the US, and both useHuawei infrastructure and sell their cell phones .. if there was proof and evidence of "SPYING" for the Chinese government, then why isn't there any proof? No evidence? Come on .. This is pure BS and the US doesn't want Huawei in the market because of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Apple protectionism!!!

26. HenryBlank

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The US marketplace should DEMAND to see EVIDENCE of spying .. it's that simple. Huawei meanwhile in the background is racking up 5G Patents, later to be used by western companies .. smart move US, you'll end up paying in the end anyhow.

28. CitizenX

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

Absolutely political.

29. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Everybody knows Huawei's got its roots in the Chinese military but that's besides the point with PRISM and everything the US authorities have been doing to its citizens. Pot calling the kettle black and Uncle Sam telling foreign countries one-a-day that they should respect human rights, well, that's rich. In the end the true test is -- will these supposed security-conscious Western peeps buckle if they can profit from Chinese money - and that usually does happen a few years later. It's happened before. Huawei is no stranger to this - the city of london rejected their free tube wifi project for the 2012 olympics. They've gotten this big without the US market. If they do want to they can make inroads in ways people can't pick faults with, like the $65 Elate.

30. KingSam

Posts: 1336; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If it's us security they're worried about then why drag all these other countries into the mix.

31. lmao2016

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

I don't care about the data collecting Huawei makes really nice phone but the interface Iis such a turn off I will not buy

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