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U.S. Government Could Lift ZTE Ban Tomorrow

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After months of negotiating with the U.S. government, it looks like ZTE is very close to getting permission to continue doing business in the country once again.

The last time we heard about ZTE was when the Chinese manufacturer complied with the demands of the U.S. The tech company had replaced several of its executives, paid a $1 billion fine, and accepted a US-chosen corporate monitor. All these were part of the demands the U.S. Commerce Department imposed on the Chinese manufacturer to allow them to operate in the country once again.

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that ZTE has just complied with another demand set by the government. The report showed that ZTE has signed an escrow agreement that would allow them to continue buying components from American suppliers. In exchange for this, the Commerce Department required the manufacturer to deposit $400 million in escrow.

The company was given a temporary waiver to continue operating in the country. This temporary waiver, unfortunately, is only valid until August 1st. There are reports, however, that show the ban could be lifted by tomorrow since this is the day the escrow payment is said to be completed.

Once the escrow agreement is finalized, the Commerce Department will be allowing the Chinese manufacturer to continue its operations in the country. After all, this is the last step they required as part of its negotiations. It just goes to show that ZTE is taking this demand very seriously.



Source: PhoneArena

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  1. still waiting for my zte phones to be able to check for and download updates......

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  2. ztE is so full of spyware.. zte is awfull what other acronym company is a good company? none

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    1. HTC is pretty good.

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    2. That picture is of the tallest building in the world.... thanks to its spyware, ZTE is able to see anywhere from it.

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    3. ZTE installed ADUPS OTA update firmware on some of its phones. The version that reports back to a Chinese server controlled by ADUPS.

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    4. This is the same spyware that makes BLU a very bad choice. That is, if the shoddy workmanship and poor value in the market sector doesn't scare you off BLU already.

      "ZTE installed ADUPS OTA update firmware on some of its phones. The version that reports back to a Chinese server controlled by ADUPS."

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    5. BLU switched to standard Google OTA update software in Dec '16. Their phones have better build quality than ZTE, and are a much better value. EG the Pure View and VIVO 8.

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    6. BLU has dragged its feet on the malware scandal. 2016? Only two months ago, in early May 2018, did they finally settle and give up on malware.

      https://threatpost.com/phone-maker-blu-settles-with-ftc-over-unauthorized-user-data-extraction/131679/

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    7. In May '18 BLU settled the FCC complaint that one or two versions of the old ADUPS OTA update software had violated BLU's privacy statement. BLU patched those versions within one week of the discoveries, and replaced ADUPS OTA software with Google OTA software in Dec. '16. The Fed. gov often works slowly.
      BLU smartphones are safer than ZTE's if you care about your privacy.

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  3. Haven't received any system or security updates on my ZTE since January..... Ridiculous

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    1. That's been my typical experience with Android, even Samsung. If the companies never bothering to get updates out a few days after they are released bothers you, go to Pixel or iPhone.

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  4. Who would even carry ZTE phones now? Their brand is tainted. Unless they plan to sell direct to consumer or re-brand in the US, is a waste of money.

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  5. Trying to say ZTE or BLU is better or worse than the other is ridiculous. They're no different from the white spy or the black spy from the old Mad magazine cartoons.

    And in this case, the spy part of the analogy is very appropriate.

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    1. US Intel agencies and Congress believe that ZTE is a security threat based on the information they have collected and analyzed. Department of Homeland Security and the FCC believe that BLU is not a security threat, and that BLU's new, enhanced security practices are adequate to assure that users' privacy rights will not be violated. Amazon and Best Buy don't think BLU is "spying" either. BLU is an American company, and ZTE is a company with deep links to the Chinese military and intelligence organizations.

      These are clear differences, and only 'BLU bashers' would continue to try to say it's "ridiculous" to compare the companies.

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  6. When it comes to eastern spyware, I just prefer Moto.

    They can spy on you no matter what network you're on, instead of just limiting their scope to one or two.

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