• July 13th, 2012
  • Robert Zak

It’s rare that you get to write about mobile phone news with a headline that features the contentious words ‘FBI’ and ‘Iran,’ but when it involves a major phone manufacturer from one of the world’s most contentious countries, it’s not quite as surprising.

According to the FBI, Chinese phone giant ZTE gets up to more than providing us with extremely affordable and efficient handsets. According to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, ZTE attempted to:

‘illegally ship hardware and software purchased from U.S. tech firms to Iran’s government-controlled telecom company, a violation of several federal laws and a trade embargo imposed on the outlaw Islamic nation.’

Not only that, but ZTE have also been accused of attempting to obstruct an inquiry by America’s Department of Commerce into the transaction, which is said to be worth around $130 million.

The object of this transaction is, according to Reuters, a ‘powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile, and Internet communications.’ Amidst the materials sent to Iran were products from major American companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Dell and Symantec.

It would seem then that while ZTE have been lulling us with their great value for phones, they’ve also been infiltrating the security of the Western world. Will this be enough for people to boycott the prolific phone manufacturer? Probably not…