Why Huawei's Killer Phones Can't Crack the U.S.. Huawei (pronounced Wah-Way) makes great phones. But, they sell unlocked phones, and are making a major push to try to get their phones sold more in the U.S. Attempts to get U.S. carriers to offer the phones (presumably with carrier locks) have met with "not in my backyard" reactions. Some news organizations say that the Government is telling carriers not to deal with Huawei because they fear that the Chinese devices will be used for spying in the U.S. Of course, U.S. phone buyers buy devices direct from carriers by a big majority, even though unlocked devices give them more freedom to choose. You can force the carrier to unlock a carrier phone; but, the process can be a pain. Another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE, is facing the same government opposition. My take? Buy a phone for its price and features; not for its politics. Jeez.