TL;DR – Free phone anyone?
If you’ve been following the news recently, there’s been quite a bit of talk about these two brands.
What exactly happened?
Canada arrested CFO of Huawei where she will be extradited to USA. Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, was arrested because of suspected violations of the US sanctions.
Sources told Reuters in April that US authorities have been probing Huawei since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping US-origin products to Iran and other countries in violating of US export and sanction laws.
Okay, so how did it escalate to the boycott of Apple?
The arrest received a lot of backlash and a professor at Chapman University in California said the arrest was part of a geo-political strategy from Trump Administration to counter China.
Weibo users also mentioned that the Chinese should show some support for their local brands, and hence boycott Apple products.
How badly did this boycott escalate to?
Well, it has escalated to the extent that Chinese firms are withholding bonuses, garnishing wages or even terminating Apple users.<
That was fast pic.twitter.com/y6k0FJF7Gq— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) January 1, 2019
Two Huawei employees were recently punished for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker’s official Twitter account using an iPhone.
Huawei, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor by volume in January-September, declined to comment on internal issues when contacted by Reuters.
Some Chinese companies have even gone as far as to offer their staff discounts on Huawei purchases with discount amounts ranging from 10% all the way to giving out free devices. The best part? It is said that these companies were not told to do so by the Chinese Authorities and that they don’t receive and funding from the government.
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