Huawei has had a pretty rough few months, with AT&T and Verizon reportedly deciding not to sell the Mate 10 Pro due to pressure from the U.S. government and then Best Buy allegedly opting to stop offering all Huawei products. Despite all of this, though, the company isn’t giving up its U.S. ambitions.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, says that Huawei will continue working to establish itself in the U.S. and earn consumers’ trust. Yu’s statement to CNET:
“We are committed to the US market and to earning the trust of US consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation. We would never compromise that trust.”
Yu went on to say that the security concerns that the U.S. government has about Huawei are “based on groundless suspicions and are quite frankly unfair.” He added that Huawei is open having a discussion with the heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA so long as it is based on facts.
While Huawei has a significant international presence, the company hasn’t been able to gain much traction in the U.S. That’s because to date, it’s only ever sold it’s best phones unlocked, while most U.S. consumers buy their phones through their carrier. It’s good to hear that Huawei is going to keep plugging along in the U.S. because products like the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro look like solid smartphones, but it’s going to be difficult for the company to gain a significant foothold in the U.S. unless it can convince carriers to sell those products.
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