Any chance that the US government could ban a Huawei phone from cell service?


I’m considering buying a mid-range Huawei phone for my daughter, but I’m concerned that the US government might screw things up in the future. I’m not concerned about Huawei spying on us (I think the US could determine if there really were backdoors but I don’t think they are motivated for a fact-based analysis) but I’d hate to see the phone effectively bricked down the road.

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4 responses to “Any chance that the US government could ban a Huawei phone from cell service?”

  1. skane2600

    I forgot to mention it would be an unlocked phone.

  2. wright_is

    I wouldn't have thought so, they might be able to stop sales, but unless they could prove some definite security breach (back door, pre-isntalled malware etc.), I think they would have a hard time getting privately owned devices banned from networks.

    I'm in Europe, so I can't be 100% certain.

    We have switched to mainly Hauwei devices and are very pleased with them. For mid-range, you could do a lot worse than the P-Smart. It is an excellent mid-range device, with everything a high end device has - thin bezel, buttonless front, fingerprint reader, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 etc. but with the mid-range Kirin processor.

    My wife has had one since they were released at the end of January and is very happy with it. I went for the Mate 10 Pro and in some ways, I think the P-Smart is a better phone, if you don't need high end performance at high-end prices (600€ instead of 230€ incl. tax).

  3. Polycrastinator

    It's certainly possible - I mean, technically possible - but it seems unlikely unless some sort of DDOS or other threat to infrastructure originated from the phones. I find that possibility pretty unlikely, and so I wouldn't worry about it.

    If I took part in any sort of government work, or might do in the future, I would probably avoid the devices though, just in case you were asked to leave it at home.

  4. skane2600

    Thanks for the comments.