Let’s say you pick up an Ascend Mate 2 after all — you’ll get a SIM card with a month of free service, along with a case, and 20GB of cloud storage courtesy of Bitcasa. Zhiqiang Xu, the newly installed head of Huawei’s US devices group, was quick reassure a gaggle of reporters in New York that there would be plenty of new unlocked devices making their debut in the Get Huawei store as time marches onward.
So yes, that’s pretty neat if you’re itching to pick up some solid hardware without breaking the bank. Make no mistake, though: this is a big, big bet on Huawei’s part. It’s striking out on its own and trying to directly convince people that Huawei phones are worth owning, that the brand has value beyond just being a magnet for espionageallegations. In some ways, it’s a culmination of the work Huawei’s been doing to improve its international image — the United States is one of those markets that can be tough but worthwhile to crack, and the company clearly isn’t giving up without a fight.
As I predicted a while back, major US carriers moving away from the subsidized phone model will result in lower prices and high quality and capability on unlocked phones. The days of the $600 iPhone/Samsung Whatever are drawing to a close.
And speaking of improved capability:
People really don’t have a good grasp on just what is coming closer and closer to us today.