U.S. warnings about Huawei fall on deaf ears according to internal memos

U.S. warnings about Huawei fall on deaf ears according to internal memos
Chinese manufacturer Huawei is considered a national security threat in the U.S., and its phones are not offered by any of the major U.S. wireless carriers. However, north of the border in Canada, Huawei handsets are sold by Bell Mobility and its Virgin Mobile Canada prepaid unit. Not only are some Canadian consumers concerned about the security aspects of owning a Huawei phone, many in the country are up in arms about the 13 Canadians that have been detained in China since the arrest in Vancouver last month of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

Even if Bell customers want to return their Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro handsets out of protest or fear of being spied on, an internal Bell memo obtained by Mobile Syrup says that there are "no concerns with Huawei smartphones." The memo, dated January 19th, states that any consumers who want to return their Huawei phone must follow the carrier's regular policy. Bell allows a device in "like new" condition to be returned within 15 days after the "commitment start date" with the original receipt, all packaging, material and accessories. In addition, the phone cannot have been used "excessively" based on the carrier's policies.

Bell isn't the only Canadian carrier that is currently doing business with Huawei. Telus, based in Vancouver, is using Huawei networking equipment for the 5G network that it is building despite warnings from U.S. lawmakers. Last week, an internal Telus memo praised Huawei as "a viable and reliable participant in the Canadian telecommunications space, bolstered by globally leading innovation, comprehensive security measures, and new software upgrades."

The U.S. government worries that back doors in Huawei products spy on consumers and corporations, and send this data to the communist government in China. This has recently been denied by the company's founder Ren Zhengfei.


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