US Mobile starts – and stops – Xiaomi and Meizu sales

first_imgHomeDevicesNews US Mobile starts – and stops – Xiaomi and Meizu sales Steve Costello Tags Related MeizuUS MobileXiaomi US backs down on Xiaomi row Devices Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 FEB 2016 Author Xiaomi off the hook in the US Previous ArticleVodafone, Liberty Global in talks to combine Dutch assetsNext ArticleSri Lanka to take 25% stake in Google’s Project Loon MVNO US Mobile hit the headlines with claims to be the first player in the country to offer devices from Xiaomi and Meizu, although there was significant doubt over the accuracy of its claims.Xiaomi swiftly said that US Mobile was not an authorised partner, and that its efforts in the US are focused on accessories available via its own site. Meizu has not commented.9to5Google suggested that US Mobile had actually done a deal with a distributor in Hong Kong, which was fulfilling orders, rather than dealing directly with the vendors.And it was also reported that T-Mobile USA, the operator which provides US Mobile’s capacity, was looking to certify devices for use on the network – a procedure they would not have been through as non-US smartphones.Even before Xiaomi had nixed the partnership claims, it was noted that the devices to be offered did not include its latest and greatest, and – in a move unlikely for a full market launch – that the devices offered did not include US 4G support.The entry of Xiaomi into the US market in particular has been the subject of speculation, as companies such as Honor and ZTE ramp up their efforts in the market using the same, direct-to-consumer unlocked devices model.But while Honor (through Huawei) and ZTE come with heavyweight backing, it has been suggested that Xiaomi may be on the receiving end of attention from patent lawyers should it move into markets with more robust (and costly) intellectual property protection. Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruitslast_img

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