There are many factors to consider when buying a cell phone and now we can add espionage to the lists of risks to consider before making a purchase.
Chinese-based Huawei has been trying to make inroads to the U.S. market for a while now and has been selling unlocked phones online and through some retail outlets such as Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy. They were also recently about close to an agreement with AT&T stores for selling their phones, but the deal fell apart at the 11th hour.
Now the heads of six U.S. intelligence agencies have warned consumers to avoid the brand due to what are considered security threats. Heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA are telling Americans that the phones can “maliciously modify or steal information” and also “conduct undetected espionage”.
But with the Huawei flagship Mate 10 selling around $600, there are plenty of other choices out there without the risk. A favorite of mine which is still available is the Samsung S7.
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Everyone stay safe out there!