Best Buy is dropping Huawei as a vendor and its new Mate 10 Pro superphone from its unlocked handset assortment. The retailer wouldn’t comment on its decision, which comes amid concerns by Congress and U.S. intelligence chiefs that the Chinese manufacturer could maliciously use its consumer and networking products in cahoots with China’s government. The $800 Mate 10 Pro (on sale this week for $700) was to be Huawei’s first U.S. carrier phone, but AT&T and Verizon both succumbed to government pressure to nix it. An unlocked version is still available through Amazon, B&H Photo, Microsoft and Newegg. Best Buy previously cut ties with Russian security software developer Kaspersky over its purported ties to Russian intelligence.
“It’s going to get harder for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to sell its smartphones in the U.S.”
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