Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Huawei Bribed People to Write Fake Good Reviews for a Unreleased Phone

Huawei Bribed People to Write Fake Good Reviews for a Unreleased Phone

The post said, "Tell us how to "why" (sic) you WANT to own the Mate 10 Pro in the review section of our pre-sale Best Buy retail page". As it turned out, these is bogus, and ordered Huawei itself.

A recent post to Facebook suggests that Huawei fake reviews regarding the Mate 10 Pro are being solicited by the smartphone company. What makes this case a little bit hokey is that Huawei has offered to raffle off prizes if people would post their reviews about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, even if they have never used it and even though it's still in the pre-ordering phase in the US. The Chinese company, which has risen to become the second-biggest smartphone company in the world by sales, designed a killer Android phone that would appeal to the USA market, set up key distribution deals with AT&T and Verizon, and planned a $100 million ad campaign to accompany the launch.

The Best Buy page now has a 4.9/5 rating even though the only ones who may have a Mate 10 Pro are those who received a review unit, and that's really not a lot of people.

The guys at 9to5Google did a little digging and found that most are probably fake reviews from people looking to win a contest that Huawei was running.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is only up for pre-order in the USA and yet there have been several positive reviews of the flagship on Best Buy, according to the latest report from 9to5Google.

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Why do I need this, . well ive owned the mate 9 for close to two years having passed on all the [Samsung phones] and Pixels waiting on the.Huawei Mate 9/Successor. well here it is! The new phone is set to launch in the U.S. next week without the help of any carriers.

While some shoppers prefer the flexibility of buying their phones unlocked, it's a challenge for device makers since the vast majority of consumers still get their devices through carriers.

The play here was obvious: Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile are the biggest physical retail stores for smartphones in the United States, outside of carrier's own stores. The so-called competition has already ended, however, with Huawei announcing that it has chosen nine participants in the said beta program. While there are reviews from beta testers with extensive knowledge of the product, they were in no way given monetary benefits for providing their honest opinions of the product.

Huawei also replied to a few of the more positive reviews. If fans wanted to be in line for this "amazing opportunity", they had to post a glowing impression on Best Buy's page, describing in detail why they want the phone.

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