Best Buy reportedly drops deal to carry Huawei smartphones in the U.S.
Huawei’s year has not exactly gone as planned. The company was hoping to start the year with a big AT&T launch at CES, but it was canceled the day before the event. Several government agencies then advised against using Huawei phones on U.S. carriers. They did eventually launch the Honor 7X in the U.S., but they were hoping to make a bigger splash. Best Buy is now dealing another blow.
Best Buy has ceased ordering new smartphones from the Chinese company. They will completely stop selling their products over the next few weeks. This is a big setback for the company as Best Buy is the largest electronics retailer in the U.S. Neither Best Buy nor Huawei would give any specific details on the situation. Best Buy does not comment on vendor contracts and Huawei does not discuss partner relationship details.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at the U.S. market, but Huawei is only behind Apple and Samsung as the third-largest smartphone vendor. Their attempts to push into the U.S. have not been going well. If the company is ever going to pass Apple and Samsung, they will need the U.S. market. Unfortunately for fans of the Chinese company, it’s looking like that may be impossible for the time being. With a huge U.S. retailer out of the picture, it’s very difficult for a U.S. consumer to see a Huawei phone physically in a store.