- Smartphone giant Huawei has until at least mid-August before running the risk of being kicked out of the Google ecosystem – but there is a lot of uncertainty about what happens after that.
- You may think South Africans would be cautious about buying new Huawei phones right now. You’d be wrong.
- But judging from our survey of cellphone stores around South Africa, you may have to wait a couple of days to get a new Huawei from now on.
- For more stories, go to the Business Insider SA home page.
There may be a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Huawei right now – but South African buyers don’t seem to particularly care.
A Business Insider South Africa survey of cellphone stores in eight cities on Tuesday found sales staff who suddenly have to spend a lot of time educating customers about Huawei’s recent Google trouble, and managers who plan to order fewer – or no – Huawei phones to keep in stock from now on.
But many stores said Huawei phones were still selling strong across the board, even when it comes to the P30 Pro that retails for not much under R20,000.
For now, at least.
See also: Here’s how MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, and Telkom could end up making (possibly rather a lot of) money out of Huawei’s Android crisis
Across South Africa sales staff and