US intelligence agencies warn buyers to avoid Huawei smartphones

After being rebuffed by carriers AT&T and Verizon, Huawei's push to sell phones in the US isn't getting any easier. Six top US intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA, told Americans they wouldn't recommend buying products or services from the Chinese manufacturer, CNBC reports. "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments ... to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks," FBI Director Chris Wray testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Last year, Huawei thought it had a carrier deal sewn up, but AT&T called it off, reportedly due to pressure by US Congress. During a keynote at CES, Huawei CEO Richard Yu expressed his frustration, noting that 90 percent of handsets are sold through US carriers. Nevertheless, the company is selling an unlocked version of its flagship Mate 10 Pro via Amazon, Best Buy and other resellers.The US g...