American carrier AT&T backed out of a potential partnership with Huawei at the last minute, following in the footsteps of Verizon, both after facing pressure from the government to do so. Best Buy, the US' largest electronics retail chain, will also reportedly be joining the fray, with sources suggesting that it will terminate sales of all Huawei devices over the coming weeks.
Best Buy refused to offer any comment specific to Huawei, with a spokesman telling Reuters that the company makes such decisions for a variety of reasons.
Likewise, Huawei also had little to say about the subject, saying in an emailed statement that while it valued its relationship with Best Buy, policy dictated that they cannot discuss any further details regarding its partnership with the American retailer.
In an odd contrast, Huawei's fellow Chinese competitor, ZTE - at least for now - continues sales of its handsets through all carriers in the U.S., with locally sourced components inside the devices, to boot, though they too have been shut out of government agencies by the same legislation that keeps Huawei out, as well.