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Huawei still aims for the U.S. smartphone market

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Huawei still aims for the U.S. smartphone market
Huawei might be the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer by market share, but it has yet to really get a toe hold in the U.S. The large reason for this is the lack of a deal with a major U.S. carrier to sell Huawei's high end models. Huawei's Colin Giles said at MWC on Sunday that the manufacturer was looking to build better relationships with U.S. carriers, and deal directly with U.S. consumers using online stores. Giles is the executive vice president of Huawei's consumer business group.

Talking about T-Mobile's recent elimination of the two-year contract business model, Huawei sees this as an opportunity to try to get "in" with a major U.S. carrier, similar to how Sony now has a relationship with T-Mobile. Currently, Huawei has less than 10% of the U.S. smartphone market share owned by Apple or Samsung.

"We recognize that the U.S. is a very competitive and very tough market for us. Recently there has been quite some change in the U.S. in terms of the whole subsidy landscape, and so that provides a new opportunity for players like us to come with a slightly different distribution strategy than what we used to have."-Colin Giles, executive vice president, Huawei

While the company is focusing its marketing in Europe on soccer clubs, and on rugby in New Zealand, in the U.S. it is sponsoring movies. Last month, Huawei revealed a dual pronged plan to get traction in the U.S. market for its 4G LTE phones. One part of the plan was to get its handsets inside U.S. carriers, while the second part involved gaining a presence in stores that sell unlocked models. Whether any of this will succeed, it is too early to know.

Still, at today's MWC unveiling of its new devices, the U.S. seems to remain a forgotten territory for the Chinese manufacturer

source: Reuters

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posted on 23 Feb 2014, 18:37 3

1. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

The more the merrier. I hope they come to T-mobile. I may not buy one but it's good to have more options(:

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 18:39 1

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

It would be nice to see Huawei push some more WP devices in the US, and Chinese markets.. I mean really push some WP devices...

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 18:47 1

3. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

As much as I'm not a fan of Chinese companies, I must applaud Huawei in their use of Aluminum and recent build design in it's high end devices.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 21:55

4. eman99 (Posts: 392; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

Well if they bring their most powerful phones they would have a chance

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