Chinese companies gather around Huawei after the technological giant has had tremendous pressure in recent weeks and climbs with the arrest of the company's CFO. Chinese companies are now threatening employees by demanding that they do not buy any Apple products whatsoever, go so far to hold back bonuses, garnished wages, or even terminate a business partner.
A report from Nikkei Asian Review has even offered workers huge subsidies on Huawei purchases, with discounts ranging from 10% to free units.
While a free phone from Huawei sounds like a non-brainer, apparently companies seem to have a harder time than expected switching Apple employees to Android if termination threats and free phones are presented as bait.
Many Chinese companies have told employees that they will receive subsidies if they buy Huawei smartphones to help the company. Most subsidize 10% to 20% of the purchase price, with some even covering the full amount. Over 20 Chinese companies also joined social media to announce that they would like to buy other Huawei products, such as the business system.
Some companies take very aggressive measures to convert employees, while others take a more subtle approach. The Chinese company Shanghai Youluoke Electronic and Technology offers up to two free Huawei phones per employee, while Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology takes 18% of Huawei or ZTE phones. Another company, Fuchun Technology, is flat-out paying staff up to 500 yuan (around $ 72.50) after providing proof of purchase.
Perhaps the sweetest deal comes through a Henan province brewer, offering free alcohol in the amount of 19% of the Huawei's unit's selling price to both employees and customers presenting the receipt.
While some companies are quite flippant in their offerings, other companies do not work like jolly.
A hardware manufacturer in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, threatened to confiscate Apple devices from employees and fire those who did not comply. Menpad, a Shenzhen-based tech company, said it would penalize employees who buy Apple products. Finally, Shenzhen Yidaheng Technology said it would be good employees who bought iPhones equivalent to the amount of the device, while other companies threatened to withhold bonuses.
Receiving the offers is still unclear, but it is obvious that an iPhone in China is not the same status symbol it once was. Where before the iPhone was a symbol of wealth and luxury, it now seems like something wrinkled on, rather than cheered.
The bad news for Apple comes after the firm lost its biggest injunction yet to Qualcomm in China two weeks ago, forcing some iPhone sales to be banned in the country. Although Apple claims to have solved the problem with a software update, Qualcomm is still vigorously fighting to completely ban sales in the country.
However, the terrible news doesn't end there for Apple. A few days ago, a German court completely banned the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
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