Huawei lost AT&T and Verizon due to political pressure, but gains Wonder Woman

Huawei lost AT&T and Verizon due to political pressure, but gains Wonder Woman
China is pretty miffed that Huawei's deal with Verizon and AT&T to include the excellent Mate 10 line in their carrier roster fell through at the last minute, and is not mincing words about it. "The US is very worried about the impact in the US from the growth of China’s hi-tech industry. It is worried that Chinese companies will transfer US technology through mergers and acquisitions. China should contemplate countermeasures...," chimed in He Weiwen, who used to work at the Chinese consulate's business wing in New York.

Huawei's first major carrier deals were nipped at the bud due to concerted political pressure, claim insiders, as lawmakers in Congress requested an investigation, so a full seven years after the 2011 Huawei carrier equipment scandal, now it's been turned down at the consumer level, too. Concerns about privacy, industrial espionage, and other malicious intent often attributed to Chinese companies trying to enter in the US, got the best of enough congressmen to break us and value-for-money flagships like the Mate 10 apart.

It's not all doom and gloom for Huawei in the US, though. It will be officially selling the Mate 10 Pro via retailers like Amazon, Best Buy or Newegg, and making a fuss about it by employing Wonder Woman. Yes, Huawei has signed up actress Gal Gadot as a Chief Experience Officer, so we are bound to see many promo videos featuring Wonder Woman and her trusted Mate 10 Pro take the world. Why Gal Gadot? Well, she's apparently been using Huawei phones since her first P8.


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15 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wowie

2. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well deserved, China is very nit picky when letting foreign companies enter their market and make it very difficult for them, so the same treatment should be received by Chinese companies in other territories

3. Furbal unregistered

Trade agreements make the world go round. Both sides should set up trades to win. China wants to play here, patents and protection need to be enforced there.

6. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I agree with that.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22287; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sucks that they won’t have the support from a U.S. carrier. Still not going to stop me from picking up Mate 10 (non pro model). Huawei smartphones are definitely gaining my interest.

7. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I agree. After seeing the 10 Pro I was like, I surely want that. Not a Note replacement, but it would be a nice phone to switch to a couple times a.week. I plan to buy it anyways. I only wish it has a QHD display vs FHD+.

5. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I do consulting work in hi-tech companies: the rule going forward for many of these is that anyone working on a NATO related project (even if not directly) will need to ensure their device meets minimal security specs. Funnily enough, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and quite a few others do not meet those specs...

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Last I checked NATO is primarily based in Europe and Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo/Oppo sell quite well there. Minimal security specs on android can be achieved regardless of brand by using a custom rom if NATO have a bug up their asses.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I don't know if it's wise, but given Huawei's history (their boss was a high ranking officer in the PLA) I can certainly understand why there'd be political pressure in the US.

10. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

But yet the US Gov doesn't mind going cap in hand to the Chinese for bailout money to the tune of trillions of dollars.

11. Hmm888

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 29, 2016

This is a no brainer...sell the device several hundred dollars cheaper with the same or similar features as Apple and Samsung, back it up with a phone warranty that the competition can't offer and consumers will buy it.

12. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

USA is trying to protect Apple, thats all there is to it.

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 809; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Politicians with Apple shares?

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Donald Dump has to show his MAGA Maggots something. He's failed on his wall to keep the Mexicans out so he's instructed Bitch McConnell and Paul "Eddie Munster" Ryan to slow China's roll. November can't come soon enough.

15. Deadeye37

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Kinda too bad. The Mate 10 is really nice and can bring more competition for Samsung & maybe Apple.

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