U.S. government reportedly tells allies to stop using Huawei products

U.S. government reportedly tells allies to stop using Huawei products
Last month, a pair of U.S. Senators sent a letter to Justin Trudeau, telling the Canadian Prime Minister that he should prevent any Huawei technology from being used in the build out of Canada's 5G network. The letter was sent four months after senior U.S. lawmakers urged their Canadian counterparts to consider Huawei a threat to Canada's national security. Today, a report in the Wall Street Journal says that the U.S. has expanded its warnings about Huawei to reach all of its allies.

Going back to 2012, U.S. lawmakers have considered Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE to be threats to U.S. national security. This is due to speculation that products from the pair "spy" on American consumers and corporations and send this information to the Chinese government. Earlier this year, the U.S. government allegedly told AT&T and Verizon to cancel their plans to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in their stores. Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after Samsung.

The Journal says that the U.S. has spoken to allies who already use Huawei networking equipment; those countries include Germany, Italy and Japan. According to the report, the U.S. is thinking about increasing the amount of financial aid it provides to countries for telecommunications development if they promise not to use equipment made by Chinese based companies.

In North America, Nokia is the leader in providing networking equipment, followed by Ericsson. However, Huawei is the leader in Europe and the Asian-Pacific market. Globally, Huawei has a leading 22% share of the global telecom-equipment market. Nokia and Huawei are next with 13% and 11% respectively. ZTE has a 10% slice of the pie.

Over the last few years, both Huawei and ZTE have denied that their products collect information for the Chinese government. Huawei released a statement today that says it is "surprised by the behaviors of the U.S. government. If a government’s behavior extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged."

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57. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

There are no bigger world spies than in the US. Google, Facebook, Twitter & Apple are more than enough to spy upon the entire world.

43. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

No he wasn't a high ranking PLA official. "During his time in the PLA, Ren did not hold military rank. He was excluded from joining the Communist Party of China for most of his career in the military, due to his parents' social background and their ties to the Kuomintang." At least get things right if you are going to spout off.

59. Chuck007

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Unlike many of these people here who are so full of themselves (it’s comical how some continue to argue like they stand to profit from supporting a tech company who most possibly doesn’t give a darn) who just can’t admit they’re wrong, I stand corrected. This was actually based off of an article I read a while back but thinking about it, I think chances are you’re absolutely right.

42. Chuck007

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I’m surprised you guys don’t know about Huawei’s background. Their boss was a high ranking PLA official who most possibly still have ties with the Communist party. Not saying the US government aren’t capable of being scumbags but their fears aren’t completely baseless like some would lead you to believe.

39. 2112jc

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

I bought a Huawei MAtebook X pro laptop yesterday. As I was letting it set-up, download my stuff, I visited phonearena. I tried to click on this article, but it would not let it open. I could open it on my phone (oneplus 6t), dell desktop, and wifes asus computer. I felt really odd having a laptop that would block a link (on 3 different browsers). I don't know if all the stuff about huawei and zte is true, but I am extremely skeptical of someone that would block something on line. I returned the huawei and went with a dell xps 15.

77. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

So you returned a notebook because you couldn't open a single website with it? Really? Have you ever considered the possibility of websites having maintenance/temporal server down/access limitation, or temporal wi-fi issue? I experienced it for few times on some websites including this site and GSMArena on my laptop too, sometimes it just refuses to connect to those websites but when I try them a few seconds later I can see them with no problem.

38. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Since most computers are made China and iPhones and other phones, they could bypass spying and just make them all shutdown on a specific date. They all spy. Its how they gather intelligence. But I say no problem. Other countries should also have a right to block US phones being sold in their country. So how about they all just block the iPhone from being sold their. I mean eye for an eye. That way Apple has no leverage.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Has this problem happened to recent/current Huawei devices in the manner that it happened to the Nexus 6P? No. Some people like to hold onto things that happened to 3 year old devices and ignore the fact that this problem hasn’t affected recent/current Huawei devices, but they continually give a pass to OEM’s that they favor who have had new issues continue to pop up, and they are on their third generation of smartphones now. The UNITED STATES is not the entire world, and the article in question isn’t just about the UNITED STATES, so NO, we aren’t just talking about that UNITED STATES. And for the record, there are Huawei smartphones sold on Amazon and at B&H come with U.S. warranties. Some people obviously don’t know that.

44. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

U need to ban that guy he is trolling worse than before his prior accounts.He just have no purpose here to say some true things here even on nokia,bb,huawei articles,would be interested to know what next troll name account he come up with if he get ban.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

So true. He all he does is spew is troll Nokia, Huawei and BlackBerry articles every time they get posted.

50. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You mean like how you do with Essential, Google, and recently OnePlus?

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't troll OnePlus, and if I do, post the link showing where I did. Don't worry, I'll wait. I don't troll Google and Essential either, I comment on the plethora of documented issues that they have that negatively impact the phones performance, of which Google just can't seem to get a handle on since the first generation Pixels. You troll Nokia, Huawei and Nokia with speculation and conjecture, lies and inaccuracies. You do it because I favor them, and you've been doing it since your first account here that everyone knows about but you keep denying it. By the way, we didn't mention any names, so it's that guilty conscious of yours that had you responding to us both. Glad you're subconsciously admitting what you do and who you really are, despite your in-denial response below.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

*You troll Nokia, Huawei and BlackBerry....

64. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Like I said before, it's out there for you to see.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like I've proven before, you troll Nokia, Huawei and BlackBerry, and even others notice it, like in comment #44.

70. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You haven't proven anything though. Don't be delusional.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes I have. Take your own advice.

62. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Only because you'll get put in your place if you tried much like you did on a few Essential articles. You only posted on OnePlus articles just because I said something positive about them. No, you bs about issues that you have never experienced because you can never answer the question about what issues you encountered. I don't troll Nokia, Huawei, and Nokia. Lol, you're lying so much you can't even get your statement correct. Everything I've said about Nokia and their muddled release schedule and derivative products is rooted in fact that can easily be proven with multiple links just like everything I said about blackberry being patent sharks can also be found on the internet with relevant links. Just because you don't want to turn an eye to what's happening doesn't mean that I am. I didn't say you mentioned any names so why are you being so defensive? Was it because you were afraid of me confronting you directly? Don't project your multiple account gimmick on me.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! So you lied about me trolling OnePlus articles, and how you're trying to switch it up to save face since I exposed you for the liar that you are. I post on OnePlus articles because I can, you are a non-factor here. It's you that have been attacking the OEM's I favor just because I favor them. And you are only on OnePlus articles because you know that you can't justify defending the Pixel line concerning it's plethora of documented issues. You've never owned a current Huawei smartphone or a recent one, you've never owned a BlackBerry and you've never owned a Nokia smartphone. All you do is BS about on their artices posting conjecture about stuff you've never experienced since you've never owned them. If HMD's release schedule were muddled or their so called "derivative" products were an issue, HMD wouldn't be experiencing such phenomenal growth. Consumers speak with their wallets, and the growth that HMD is having proved you absolutely wrong. The links you've provided about BlackBerry aren't from a court of law. They are opinion pieces from certain websites. Unless you can provide documents from a court of law that has a judgment rendered against BlackBerry, all you're blowing is hot, stinky air. Just because you want BlackBerry to be patent sharks so you can justify your trolling of them, doesnt mean that they are. That's not how the truth works. It's you that got defensive, that's why you responded to me in the first place. You've been too afraid to take me on directly, and that's why you keep taking cheap potshots. You're the only one here with multiple accounts, and that's why more and more people are pointing it out, like in comment #44.

72. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, you know I've touched a nerve when you start rambling on and on to try and act like you know what you are talking about. For one, you started to post on oneplus articles because I did, but you can't talk smack about them because they have a following that would roast you to a crisp. You are afraid. Yeah, Google isn't stepping up, so I'm stepping out. Just like your buddy who claims to keep it real with his OEMs even though he's a liar, I keep it real by speaking with my wallet. As for me taking you on directly, don't try to change your tune now just because I called you out on something. Be a man of your word and own up to it. You posted a bunch of bs conjecture and I threw it right back at you just like I did when you refused to acknowledge that blackberry has become patent sharks.

76. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao you know I've touched a nerve deep in your gut and hit you hard with the truth when you start saying that I'm rambling. For one, I post on any article I choose to. You're a non-factor. I don't "talk smack". That's what YOU do. But you enjoy getting destroyed on articles about OEM,'s that I favor. It's evident in the fact that you're on your 10th account here because of me. And the only reason that you're backing out of Pixel articles is because I made you see thst you can't justify deflecting for those problem prone devices any longer, and because you just can't handle me destroying you on those articles anymore. I don't care what you do or don't do with your wallet. And it is you that got defensive, and that's evident in your response to me. So stop trying to change the facts around to suit your false narrative. Be a man for once and own up to your BS, mxyzptlk. I'm constantly shutting down your lies and trolling, just like I did when you couldn't post any factual links from a court of law proving that BlackBerry has become patent sharks, and just like I proved that you were blowing hot air and making a big deal out of nothing concerning HMD's naming scheme.

49. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yes, that guy needs to be banned. But if he was, I wouldn't be able to put him down each and every time with the facts. Plus he would just use another alias.

51. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The article literally says united states in the title, but of course it goes against your agenda so of course you are just going to ignore it. Btw, not all phones on Amazon and B&H come with a US warranty.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

The article also literally says "allies", as in U.S. allies. But that goes against your agenda so of course you are going to ignore it. You keep talking about a 3 year old phone as if it had any bearing on Huawei products today, and it doesn't. You also said that you never owned a Nexus 6P in another article, and yet, here you are now talking about one. When I find the link where you said this, I'll expose you for spreading falsehoods like I often do. Btw, the U.S. variants of those phones come with U.S. warranties, but hey, what do I know. Then again, I clearly know more than you do.

61. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't ignore anything, and it's not like you haven't ignored the topic before. Remember that time you tried to say I was wrong about the KeyONE price only for you to tuck tail and backtrack once I pointed it out right there in the article? And no one said anything about the Nexus 6P or owning a Nexus 6P here so stop making stuff up like you always do.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 23120; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you just ignored the fact that this article isn't just about the U.S., so save the lies for someone who's going to fall for them. I was never wrong about the KEYᵒⁿᵉ pricing, YOU were. Just like you were wrong about the specs of the KEYᵒⁿᵉ vs the Key2. But way to get off the subject at hand because you know that you're wrong, as usual. A usual tactic of yours since you first account. We both know you were referring to the Nexus 6P, as you keep talking about it in other artices, and you've never owned a Huawei smartphone other than that. Once again, I'm exposing your lies.

29. Venom

Posts: 4131; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Age of the device doesn't eliminate what happened in regards to said device which btw was fairly recent. Some people just don't want to admit that their OEM is questionable or does questionable things. We are talking about the UNITED STATES, not other carriers that exists in other countries. And for the record, it's better to have devices that are officially sold in the US with US warranties. Some people seem to forget that.

41. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

What device are you talking about? No backdoor has been found on a Huawei phone. More - probably that's the problem, Huawei refuses to install backdoors for NSA and other agencies.

17. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Is it because of lagging iphone sales?

20. Shubham412302

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Don't know about Huawei but NSA is. #wannacryransomware

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