Pentagon: No Huawei or ZTE devices will be sold on U.S. military bases

Pentagon: No Huawei or ZTE devices will be sold on U.S. military bases
The U.S. government is convinced that Huawei and ZTE have ties to the Chinese government, and through their devices the pair spy on American consumers and corporations. Of course, it didn't look good for ZTE that after being caught selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea, the company lied about complying with Commerce Department penalties. Now, ZTE is banned from receiving U.S. exports until March 2025. And last week, we told you that Huawei is under investigation for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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.

source: WSJ

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16 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1609; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nor Motorola, which owned by Lenovo.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What about oneplus? or Blackberry (which is TCL phone with blackberry logo)?

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Blackberry takes care of software. It is not like Nokia name on HMD phone.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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.

6. tangbunna

Posts: 434; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

nor Apple products which are all made in China.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 435; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

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.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For average consumers it's like choosing between sharing their info with US government or (maybe) sharing info with Chinese government

12. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

At least the china govt dont have any power in USA. While US govt will hunt you down in USA LOL

14. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

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.

15. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Mr. Pussy indeed!

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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.

11. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

USA don't play fair. And become a bully under Trump

13. jacky899

Posts: 325; Member since: May 16, 2017

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.

7. theot14430 unregistered

You can never be careful enough. God bless the USA.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

This is just a smoke and mirror by Donald F***** Trump

16. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

I wonder if they have replaced all the hikvision cameras in government offices.

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