In what’s sure to be one of the biggest blows to the company’s efforts to get into the lucrative U.S. smartphone market, Huawei has lost the support of Best Buy. CNET reported early Thursday morning that the largest brick and mortar CE retailer in the U.S. has stopped ordering new smartphones from the Chinese telecommunications firm and will cease selling their remaining stock in stores over the coming weeks.
Best Buy shared little details about the decision, only to say that they made it on their own volition. "We don't comment on specific contracts with vendors, and we make decisions to change what we sell for a variety of reasons," said a Best Buy spokeswoman told CNET.
This, of course, stems from recent concerns raised by the U.S. government over Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government. As reported by Dealerscope last month, pressure from the U.S. government has already resulted in AT&T backing out of a deal to bring the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the carrier’s network in an eleventh-hour decision.