The Mate 10 Pro is collateral damage in the US trade spat with China (results)

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%
We asked you yesterday what do you think about the US going after Huawei, and the Mate 10 Pro in particular, restricting consumer's choice in the process, and whether you consider it blanket fearmongering, or a genuine national security concern. Well, more than half of our 1047 respondents consider it silly to gang up on the 10 Pro, and just 22% think there is a real reason for worry with Huawei's phones aimed for the Western market, yet in the escalating geopolitical spat between US and China, Huawei may end up as collateral damage.

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. 

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19 Comments

1. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

Apple lobby will do everything to stop the expansion of Chinese manufacturers.

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I hope apple sales in china were halves. So apple will learn the lesson, and we all can moves on

2. ShadowHammer

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

This just seems so ridiculous to me. So much of the world's electronics are assembled in China that if they wanted to put in a spying system, I'm sure it could be done with any number of devices and manufacturers. Specifically going after Huawei with no obvious evidence is a little sketchy and stinks of a hidden agenda.

17. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..they are banned from tendering for any network contracts in Australia, and now Canada and increasingly in the US, the stench of a hidden agenda is at the other end of the South China sea

18. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

They are not banned in Canada, PA picked up on a story by 3 "former" heads of Canadian security companies that think Huawei may present a problem. The Canadian Gov. just brushed that story off.

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

National security in USA is very important.................................for Americans. China ( rather the Chinese Government ) is full of very polluted crony crooked people that cannot be trusted at all. China and Russia want to beat USA to the punch at any cost. Spying on Americans is a one way to do that.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

“Is one way to do it!” Take out the a!!!l:)

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah because the US government isn't full of polluted crony crooked people, hell the top dog is one

11. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

You're saying that china & russia can't be number 1 even their better??

4. HenryBlank

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The US can't spy on a Huawei/ZTE phones like they can on Samsung and Apple, that and the pressure from the western telecom manufacture lobby is enough to push all Chinese telecom / UE gear out. It is incredible that Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Germany plus the majority of Western Europe use Huawei equipment, but the U.S knows more? Where is the evidence of the "national security threat' ... without any proof, the US government looks scared and foolish.

5. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I'm still surprised that Blu nor OnePlus weren't banned in the US after they were caught red handed sending users data to Chinese servers.

7. HenryBlank

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Easy, Blu nor OnePlus pose a serious threat to Samsung and Apple .. Huawei is a formidable competitor, and could easily take significant marketshare from US incumbents.

14. cjreyes666

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly my point, Blu and OnePlus are irrelevant in the US.

10. hazard1

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

So, after carrying Huawei phones for years, these countries should now believe that Huawei is a threat? And what happens if they do not abide by the wishes of the US government? It is inappropriate for the US government to be lobbying other countries on what is essentially a choice made by consumers. But the US government crossed the inappropriate line a long time ago.

13. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I think everyone is missing the point here. The devices are just the smaller part of the picture it is the telecom equipment The US is worried about especially when it comes to 5G that will be rolled out to support IoT. Imagine as more an more things come online such as refrigerators, washing machines, home heating systems ect.. the country becomes more vulnerable to state sponsored cyber attacks. Now everyone here being no fools can understand why the US does not want a foreign state to control its Cyber infrastructure. ( heck China would not want American firms to built out it's cyber structure if they required Apple to hand over it's iOs code for state knowledge < Back door entry- who are they kidding> why can't America do the same?) China is a friend and sponsor of North Korea and we would allowed them to control or cyber infrastructure? Heck China goes out of it's way to make sure its domestic brands get favor against any foreign brands doing business there ( ask Cisco, GM, Ford, Google etc. < though I blame them and they got what they deserved for abandoning the American worker and moving their manufacturing for cheaper labor in China). It allows them to even infringe and copy the other foreign brands tech with no repercussions because it wants its brands to do well. Why can't the US do the same? We Live, Love and enjoy the liberties here in America and we are now Criticizing America for looking out for it's domestic and friendly brands while China continues to hammer our brands on their home turf with ridiculous demands and absurd court verdicts. Come on Lets stop the hypocrisy. Look I may not favor Apple ( and it does some bad things as well because it's all about the money) However, it is an AMERICAN Company and I will defend it against any foreign state. Same Goes for Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Sharp, ect.. that are friendly and share American interest.

15. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

meant to also say all foreign companies also do bad things - Like British Petroleum but would I support them over Kim Jong Wong? Vlatimer? Putin Xi? of course because we can punish BP and make it pay out but Kim/Putin/Xi are totalitarians who would tell me what I must do what I must say what I must see and that they are always listening to me everywhere. we don't need this. and for everyone that says "well the American government spies on you anyway" Yes, don't you think we all know that. But the difference is we can say it and proclaim it out loud and bring attention to it without fear of losing our lives. We can go to court we can go to the news we can tell our neighbors - try that in Russia, North Korea, China The only place I see that we are becoming like those countries is with this this and for wave Feminism/ PC / save space/ don't disagree with me because it offend me culture. Sorry about the rant but God help us.

16. Millenialssux

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Boy! I see you've been indoctrinated well with all the Red, White and Blue, U.S. can do no wrong, Merica No 1, freedom loving bulls**t! While the American military, and its stooge congress and corporate war mongers blow the hell out of civilians in every part of the globe! All for the almighty dollar! The American educational system has done its job well with so many of you drinking the Kool aide. The fall will not be a soft landing for the U.S. Empire. In fact, it will be very ugly!

19. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I would love to see someone really challenge the duopoly of Apple and Samsung. Choice is what we need more of. Huawei could have really brought the fight to them and been a great third option for consumers tired of the same big two.

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