U.S. Commerce Department bends over backward to give ZTE a forum to appeal the U.S. export ban
So what kind of phone can ZTE sell without Snapdragon chips and the Android OS, at least until March 2025 when the ban ends? As one of our loyal readers wrote, perhaps Samsung can sell them Exynos chips and Tizen.
While ZTE has said that it will appeal the ruling, the question is, to whom? According to the Wall Street Journal, the company has no "administrative appeal rights under agency regulations." But don't ever say that the Commerce Department doesn't have a heart; recognizing the smell of desperation coming from ZTE, the agency will allow it to present evidence on "an informal basis."
Today's report doesn't mention what kind of evidence ZTE might have. If previous information released by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry Standards (BIS) is correct, ZTE failed to hold back bonuses to certain employees involved with the Iran and North Korea sales. And the firm didn't issue the letters of reprimand to those employees as promised, until the Commerce Department started snooping around.
At the end of the day, if the allegations are legit, ZTE made its own bed and must lie (no pun intended) in it. It doesn't help that the U.S. government was already concerned with the company's close ties to the Chinese government, which has lead the U.S. to accuse ZTE of using its devices to spy on consumers and corporations in the states.