The nation’s biggest consumer electronics retailer will no longer sell Huawei phones, citing trust issues with Chinese smartphone makers. The retailer will remove all Huawei devices from its shelves in the following few weeks, people familiar with the issue said.
Best Buy’s decision is a hard blow to the Chinese telecom giant, shattering its plans to expand in the United States. Yet, Best Buy is not the only U.S. company to cut ties with a Chinese smartphone maker. AT&T refused to carry Huawei phones, citing security concerns.
A spokesperson for Best Buy refused to offer comment on the contracts with their partners. He said that some changes were spurred by a “variety of reasons.” Huawei too refused to comment on the revelations. In a written statement, it said that it valued the relationship with the U.S. retailer.
Huawei Will Continue to Sell its Phones in the U.S
The Chinese company added that Best Buy is not the only consumer electronics retailer that sells its products. Huawei has many U.S. business partners which value its products as having the “highest security, privacy and engineering standards in the industry.”
Last month, AT&T withdrew from a deal with Huawei to sell the handsets in the U.S. market following government pressures. Several congressional lawmakers reportedly lobbied against the Chinese tech giant, according to sources. Verizon was the first to refuse to carry the handsets, last year.
In February, two U.S. lawmakers pushed for a bill that would prevent U.S. agencies from purchasing hardware from Huawei or ZTE. The lawmakers argued that the two Chinese firms may spy on U.S. users on behalf of Beijing.
So far, Huawei was able to sell the much-anticipated Mate 10 Pro in the U.S. only via open channels.
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