Home Mobility Vodafone unaffected by US ban on ZTE

Vodafone Australia will not have to take any ZTE devices off its shelves in the wake of the Chinese firm's announcement last week that it was halting its main business activities in the US.

iTWire understands that Vodafone has only one ZTE phone among its range at the moment and that device, the E8, has reached its end of life.

But doubts have now been cast on whether any telco will have to pull devices, after a dramatic policy reversal by US President Donald Trump on Sunday US time.

Trump tweeted: "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"

Last Thursday, Telstra announced that it would be taking 22 ZTE mobile devices off its shelves as there was no guarantee of continued supply in the wake of the firm's current situation.

iTWire has also contacted Optus to find out whether it has any ZTE devices on offer and, if so, what it plans to do.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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