US bill plans to prevent government from working with firms that use Huawei and ZTE technology


It looks like Chinese smartphones makers will have a hard time selling their products in the United States. After the failed partnership between Huawei and major carrier AT&T, it appears that another Chinese giant, ZTE, will have problems signing agreements with certain firms in the US.

A Republican lawmaker announced earlier this week that it has introduced legislation aimed specifically at Huawei and ZTE. The bill that was made public this Friday is supposed to prevent the federal government from working with companies that use equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, or their services.

As you've probably guessed, the bill was introduced soon after news about AT&T dropping the Huawei partnership due to political pressure made headlines. Republican Mike Conway who introduced the bill cites spying concerns, which are based on a report issued by the House Intelligence Committee in 2012 that tagged Huawei and ZTE a national threat.


Even if the bill passes, ZTE and Huawei will still be able to sell their smartphones and service in the United States without restrictions, but many companies that are doing business with the US government will certainly avoid them.

source: The Hill via Slashgear

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27 Comments

2. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

No problem ban i cr a p in China and wait. After a minute problem will be solved.

5. hemedans

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

does this mean US government wont work with Phonearena?

12. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Well China must ban all Apple products. And see where it goes..

40. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

In reality they could.. They could say that the latest Intel issue is actually a government backdoor too computers and smartphones via processor. https://themerkle.com/what-is-the-intel-management-engine-backdoor/

16. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Many government facilities are secured by Hikvision cameras, owned by a company that's a shell for the Chinese government.

22. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And what most of you don't seem to realise is that China sits on most of the planets rare earth minerals. If they withhold them then nobody gets any of the hi tech gizmo's that you all can't live without anymore. Todays electronics cannot be manufactured without rare earth minerals and China holds nearly all the cards on those.

26. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Alternatives do exist you know

35. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Alternatives do exist you know" Alternatives do exist, mainly in Africa and these mines are mainly owned by Chinese mining conglomerates. The other large deposits are in Russia, good luck with the US buying from them, they are in bed with the Chinese.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You got a source for that claim? Sounds like you just made that up

28. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

Sorry china, we the US government want to be the only ones to spy on are people.

29. LouisMariano5

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

does that mean hauwei is also spying on the other gazillion countries it sells its phones in?

31. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But the Mate 10 pro looks really good

32. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

What’s the point on spying on every day people anyways? I had a Axon 7. Very good phone. If there was spyware in it, about the only thing the Chinese government would probably say is “man divorce your wife and run from your kids!!!”

33. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Haha every single smartphone track by your carrier and NSA except iPhone FYI.

37. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Jist because NSA is has such sophisticated hacking program, doesnt mean other countries habe the same. This protectionist behavior destroys the whole point of capitalism. Lets hope China domt do the same and ban Apple and other American products from selling in their country.

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

For any government agency in any country it makes sense. For consumers it's stupid. I don't care who is spying on me. If I did I'd use a feature phone instead.

43. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

They are scared of Chinese spyware in their devices when we all know that they dont need that to someone "hack" them and leak 5TB of classified info for everyone and their grandmas

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