Pentagon: No Huawei or ZTE devices will be sold on U.S. military bases
by Alan Friedman / May 02, 2018, 6:06 PM
With both companies practically considered enemies of the state (but oh that Huawei P20 Pro!), the Pentagon has issued orders. Huawei and ZTE devices cannot be sold on U.S. military bases worldwide for fear that they could be threats to national security (insert Samsung Galaxy Note 7 joke here). Huawei is the third largest smartphone manufacturer globally after Samsung and Apple, but has a rather puny U.S. presence. ZTE, on the other hand, is the fourth largest stateside phone seller and accounts for 9.5% of handsets shipped in the U.S.
Pentagon spokesman Army Maj. Dave Eastburn said that the military can't prevent members from buying a Huawei or ZTE phone elsewhere and using it as their personal smartphone. But he said that military personnel "should be mindful of the security risks posed by the use" of these devices. Major Eastburn did say that the Pentagon is looking at the possibility of a military-wide ban on the purchase and use of Huawei and ZTE handsets by those serving the country. The Pentagon is concerned that the Chinese government will be able to track the location of U.S. soldiers using Huawei and ZTE phones.
Huawei denies that its devices are used in espionage, and says that it is an employee owned company that has never been asked to spy on or sabotage another country. So far, ZTE has not issued a comment. Last year, 2,400 Huawei and ZTE handsets were sold by stores that focus on soldiers and sailors, on or near military bases in the U.S. and overseas.
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Nor Motorola, which owned by Lenovo.
posted on May 02, 2018, 6:29 PM 0
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What about oneplus? or Blackberry (which is TCL phone with blackberry logo)?
posted on May 02, 2018, 7:25 PM 0
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It doesn't work like that, don't be a dumb ass. Sanctions will be put in place only for those companies who have deep ties to the Chinese Gov. US won't ban all the companies just like China or Russia just because they are from their enemy countries. That is not very democratic.
posted on May 02, 2018, 9:31 PM 0
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Hmm sound like USA is really in trouble if they use Huawei and Zte or any other chinese brand smartphone,it may not cause to a general consumer but overall major people in organistion,corporations,companies,bussiness and military base.Since the last sentence of it make so much sense that these chinese companies are doing shady stuff behind their back to overtake US personal info and breach security safety with higher risk to be ahead of US with backdoor access to china government.
posted on May 02, 2018, 6:45 PM 0
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For average consumers it's like choosing between sharing their info with US government or (maybe) sharing info with Chinese government
posted on May 02, 2018, 7:23 PM 1
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Do you have something to hide? Do you do drugs or any type of crimes? Why worry. If I choose which government can spy on me then I would rather have my own government instead of some dictator from another country that are trying to steal information from my country. Sorry guys their phones may looks nice and cheap but it might be a bait phone.
posted on May 03, 2018, 2:29 AM 1
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Seriously, f*** the american government. They're looking for a scapegoat for their spying which is already a known fact and here they're acting all innocent and placing the blame on a company.
posted on May 02, 2018, 7:28 PM 3
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USA don't play fair. And become a bully under Trump
posted on May 03, 2018, 12:18 AM 1
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If the US plays fair, it would never have reached the level of wealth and power it has now. But then which powerful country in history did not build its empire based on trickery, deception, and bullying of other countries? So in that regards, it is fair.
posted on May 03, 2018, 12:45 AM 0
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