Xiaomi is bigger than ever in Asia, but the Chinese phone-maker says it still has no intention of bringing any mobile devices to the West. This comes despite news from US Mobile yesterday that it was going to start selling Xiaomi smartphones in the U.S.
“Recent reports have indicated that Xiaomi products will be available in the U.S.,” Xiaomi said in a statement to TechnoBuffalo. “Xiaomi only offers a small selection of accessories for sale in the U.S. through Mi.com. There are no plans to sell smartphones through any authorized distributors in the U.S. US Mobile is not authorized to sell Xiaomi products in the U.S. ”
There was always something fishy about US Mobile’s announcement. Not only were the Chinese devices it offered outdated, they weren’t even compatible with U.S. LTE. Unfortunately, this means there’s still no easy way to get a Xiaomi smartphone even as the company prepares to reveal the Mi5 (pictured above), its most anticipated device yet.
It turns out that US Mobile may also be in hot water with its network provider, T-Mobile. According to PCMag, the UnCarrier wants these Xiaomi phones to go through extra certification before they’re sold in the U.S. T-Mobile can’t stop the smaller virtual carrier from selling these specific devices, but it can cut US Mobile off from its network entirely.
There’s still no simple way to get your hands on a Xiaomi smartphone in the United States, at least not for now. The company has hinted at plans for a westward expansion in the past but, based on its latest statement, it could be a long time before that actually happens.