Hundreds of Chinese firms now subsidize employee purchases of Huawei phones; Apple boycott grows

Hundreds of Chinese firms now subsidize employee purchases of Huawei phones; Apple boycott grows

A couple of weeks ago, following the arrest in Canada of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou under a U.S. warrant, one of Huawei's suppliers said that it would fine any employee who buys an Apple iPhone. The company also said that it would help any employee who purchases a phone made by a Chinese manufacturer by subsidizing some of its cost. This bit of nationalism has caught on in China as the backlash over Meng's arrest continues to grow. And the Chinese are finding it rather easy to take their frustrations out on Apple.

As the U.S. government warns allies not to use Huawei phones or networking equipment due to fears that the products spy on consumers and companies, more than 20 Chinese firms announced that they will increase their purchases from Huawei. The Nikkei Asian Review says that some companies have announced that they will cover 10%, 20% or as much as 100% of the cost of any new Huawei phone purchased by their workers.

The Chinese firms willing to shoulder some of the cost of their employees' new Huawei phones aren't all suppliers to the company. A Chinese government official states that a few hundred Chinese businesses are offering similar plans to their employees across the country. And while some are offering subsidies on the purchase of Huawei branded phones, others also include ZTE handsets bought by their workers. ZTE, like Huawei, has also been called a national security threat by the U.S. government. Earlier this year, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed an Export Ban on the manufacturer, which nearly forced ZTE to shut down.

One company that manufacturers machines in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, threatened to confiscate any iPhones seen in the possession of its employees, and fire them. Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology will fine employees who buy an iPhone by the same amount of money that they spent on the device. A brewing firm in Henan Province offers free alcohol to those who bring in a receipt showing the purchase of a new Huawei phone.

The Communist Youth League has taken to social media to urge businesses in China to support Huawei. But at least one Communist Party member will defy this trend. Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of Communist Party propaganda publication Global Times, says that he will continue to use his iPhone.

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43 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Cause and effect.

23. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

so let me get this straight, abolish an american company because it's american - i get that... but the whole loyalty goes right out the door when it comes to using Android - build and maintained by an AMERICAN company? Hello?

35. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They use Android as opensource OS, they stripped all Google's services from it (just like all android on chinese market).

47. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well make your own OS and stop being a hypocrite.

27. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Cause and effect? More like china showing their true colors. We don't want meng get into due process and trial, you release her or we will blackmail american business. You are threatening our national pride, this is an insult to our patriotism yada yada yada.

38. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I'm glad they are doing it. No matter what anyone says or feels.

33. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Chinese also use Microsoft Windows n Office so it's weird if they on this route. Notice how the government isnt saying anything ,they r smarter than these dumb companies they know if they get caught they have more to lose in terms of trade than silicon valley or the rest of USA.

39. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Your post is dimb. So what they use Windows, Android or anything else. Huawei knows Apple has some kind of thing going on with Trump, which is kepting 2 competitors that basically if they sold phones here, Apple would be relegated go a very small niche, right in the US. Americans should be boycotting them too, forbtrying ro charge all this money for cheap Chinese made phone that's have more issues than any model of any phone has ever had in phone history. Apple is going down and I'm so happy they are because of their frivolous lawsuits, because of stealing the hard work or devs and other oems, for charging a ridiculous amount of money for limited garbage and for blaming customers for their faults. Come Zamajng, this is your time to ho for the frikkin juggler and help destroy the most pathetic company in US history. Once upon a time I hated Microsoft too, but for different reason But I'm glad they decided to make Windows and Google bought Android and made it successful. Because the world could be completely screwed if Apple was the top player.

46. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Huawei is a direct competitor to Apple. Apple sales further has much greater impact on US economy -- mobile electronic devices are now the largest source of trade deficit for America.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Makes sense. Protectionism is the buzz word currently.

3. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

It's just the start kudos to the chinese, seriously I'm more worried with the US government which has been known/exposed prying with the lives of every person in the US.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

As much as people would cheer this news because it involves banning Apple and takes a dig on Trump, the very fact that Chinese companies are threatening their workers of Firing them from job or confiscate their phones for using an iPhone, shows how oppressive this Communist regime in China is! It's a s**thole to work or live in there. You either do this or you cease to Exist! That's the norm. Basically a glorified North Korea. Chinese are amazing. As long as they do the wrong and we don't oppose it, it's okay. But as one starts to oppose their wrongs, rather than correct it, they start issuing threats in return...

13. Subie

Posts: 2414; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, and what's going on now(especially regarding "Princess Meng" and the arrests of Canadians) is called "kill the chicken, scare the monkey"...

15. Xyzdragon

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2018

China the same country that killed thousand of people over their beliefs, world leaders have forgotten probably of greedy and let china richer. China also tried and still trying to "unify" their land. As cheap as products their values are even cheaper.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Thank god USA has such high standards

20. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Spot on. I never thought I would agree with you on anything, but I do in this instance. While I do find it hypocritical for the US to go after other countries for spying, at least you're still guaranteed freedom of speach and practice there. You can criticize who you want and pray for whoever you want to. While here we have a tiny example about the oppression that Chinese people live under, like seriously, this is the dumbest way possible you could of think of about how to punch back. If the US is highlighting your inhuman regime, you don't go punishing your citizens for what phone they're using.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not only prying on US people but also on people living in allied countries. Not to mention the US has also been abusing their intercepting communication abilities to favour US companies in very big deals. So for commercial purposes.

24. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

That's why I never buy anything NSA or chinese made. I only use Samsung and LG. Backdoor free and better quality than the rest.

28. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Kudos? As if china doesn't spy on everybody on earth. This is why huawei is in hot waters from the start right? Their network equipments are questionable. Their products don't have flaws, they have shady components from the moment they're manufactured.

30. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

You are entirely wrong. Besides endless US media propaganda and scaremongering, there has not been a single piece of evidence to show any Chinese government backdoors in Huawei devices. To date, the only backdoor found in Huawei equipment wasn't implanted by the company or the Chinese government, but by the NSA. In 2012, the Snowden leaked documents revealed the NSA had made a program called "Shotgiant" that created backdoors into Huawei-made networking equipment in order to monitor communications of any country around the world that buys Huawei equipment and also to find ties between Huawei and Chinese government.https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html To date, there is not a single piece of evidence of backdoors in Huawei equipment and the only justification of banning Huawei is that they might install backdoors in the future. If every country in the world uses the same reasoning then all US made products would already be banned from the rest of the world because the endless list of evidence already shows how US spies on everybody domestically and globally.

43. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

But US designed and maufactured Cisco routers are full of back doors. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cisco-backdoor-hardcoded-accounts-software,37480.html

34. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

if this is the start it'll help American companies n middle class , cause they'll get chinese stuff banned completely , no more dumping of cheap chinese products in USA , means more jobs for good old USA. Like it or not they have more to Lose in terms of trade n factory jobs than anyone else

44. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Stop believing Trumps bull. The US doesn't have the factories or the workforce to build even 10% of the goods it imports from China. The Chinese are not dumping thier goods on you, you lot are importing them, simple supply and demand.

48. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Haha agreed !! I don't know about Galaxy_Apple but I cannot believe an average Trump supporter can even comprehend the scale of manufacturing required to push out those 500 million handsets on time. Total US population is 400 million at best I suppose, and half of them are immigrants Trump is trying to push out. Out of the remaining, I am sure over 30% have never gone to a college.

4. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

what goes around comes around...

5. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Well done, mr Trump.

8. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Loool

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Am sure trump believe this is fake news.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"one of Huawei's suppliers said that it would fine any employee who buys an Apple iPhone." "threatened to confiscate any iPhones seen in the possession of its employees, and fire them." Sounds like a great place to live and work (or less PC - be a slave). People could care less about supporting an oppressive communist regime, and even cheer them on, as long as they get that cheap Android.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You don't seem to mind your iPhone is made in Chinese factories, so get of your high horse.

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