How the Huawei Ban Affects You

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Huawei, from China, is the second-largest phone producer in the world. With revenues of over $100 billion dollars, it would be smooth sailing on the global market for such a large company. Yet New Zealand, the United States, Japan and Taiwan have either outright banned the company, or are phasing out their technology, and numerous other countries are on the fence about it.

Why the concern?

  • Led by the United States, the major concern is the perceived coziness between Huawei and the Chinese government that may China to steal government or private company secrets.
  • The second reason is the claim that Huawei consistently uses and steal the intellectual property rights of major telephone companies such as Apple.

So how does this affect you?

The main issue was that the United States declared a ban on the use of Huwai network equipment devices in 2012, and then in May of 2019 President Donald Trump, with his disagreements over trade with China, put Huawei on a blacklist for world trade.

Not only did the blacklisting alarm Huawei, but it made title-wave ripples with companies such as Google, which theoretically would have had to make many of its apps and android functions not available to Huawai. As it stands now, it looks like the trade ban is being lifted, and Google, assures owners of Huawei phones that there phones and apps would continue to work.

It's not exactly clear what will take place in the future, but it appears that for the most part, governments will prohibit the use of Huawei technology, while independent sales and service of Huawei phones will go on as normal with some caveats. For example, you can't use a Huawei phone on either Sprints or T-mobiles network. But if you have an unlocked international vision of the same phones, you can use them on ATT and T-mobile's network. In addition, because the phone would need to be an international style, certain carrier features like wi-fi calling would not be available. And, depending upon where you bought your phone, there's a significant chance the warranty would be void.

The lifting of certain restrictions on the trade ban is suppose to keep security updates coming, and elements such as Google Play humming along. But the dust hasn't exactly settled yet.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that while you can get a Huawei phone such as the new PS30, its future in the United States and Australia for example remain unclear, and while they say the PS30 has an amazing camera, there may be better opportunities out their to buy a phone without the additional hastles of no guarantee or availability only on limited networks.

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