You may have heard about the warnings that the heads of six US security agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA, issued against Huawei and ZTE smartphones. They have alleged that both brands of smartphones are tools of surveillance by Chinese authorities.
What I find interesting is how none of these agencies has put pushed any evidence to buttress these warnings. I can imagine that electronic surveillance via cell phones should be the easiest thing for the CIA or NSA to prove.
What these agencies should do is run a couple of Huawei smartphones through several tests and bingo! I mean, ethical hackers and researchers uncover secret data transmissions from smartphone models from time to time. Why have these agencies been unable to provide any proof against Huawei and ZTE?
All they have tendered till date is that they are worried about the brand’s ties to the Chinese government. Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army. Huawei is also a military and government contractor in China.
One has to wonder about it. And I am especially wondering about it now because it looks like Huawei is making some really superb smartphones. Just look at the new P20 line-up. Dont forget the Mate 10 line-up too. Absolutely fabulous phones, all of them.
Huawei’s US Carrier Deals Gone Sour
Huawei had deals to start selling it’s sartphones through US carriers like AT&T and Verizon, but due to pressure from the US government, those carriers backed off in January 2018.
Yet, they are not likely to sell on significant numbers in the USA, and consequently Canada and even the UK. You know the connection.
Meanwhile, Huawei Mobile Nigeria
While we are in the subject of Huawei smartphones, what the blistering barnacles is wrong with Huawei Mobile in Nigeria? The brand sells truckloads of smartphones around the world (Huawei is currently number 3 globally), yet have had a history of abysmal presence and performance in Nigeria.
My personal experience tells me the phones are great but that the problem is with the team behind the products. I won’t go into any more details about how I believe that Huawei has bungled things in Nigeria. It is such a shame though that the brand has missed opportunities this way.
Back to Huawei In America
So, back to Huawei’s travails in the USA, for now, the Chinese mobile brand is unable to sell its devices through carriers, which is the most effective way of addressing the US market.
Meanwhile, here are a few closing thoughts.
If you were running the Chinese spy aparatus, would you run them through a corporation that could so easily be identified with you – one like Huawei – or would you run them through a more discrete brand? Considering that most smartphones sold in the US are made in China, what’s to stop Chinese spies from infiltrating those operations?
One thing is clear though: if Huawei gets a break into the US market, it can easily power up to beat both Samsung and Apple and take the number one spot. Perhaps that is where the answer to the riddle is.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.