Huawei is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer with its own mobile wallet, Huawei Pay. However, due to a perceived “threat to national security”, the UK government deems the company a “high-risk vendor”, meaning that Huawei equipment must be removed from 5G public networks by the end of 2027.
This doesn’t mean Huawei phones are banned, just that various restrictions make it less attractive to have them. For one, major mobile phone providers like Three and Vodafone do not sell them. Instead, you can only buy them outright directly from Huawei or third-party retailers for a high price, so few can afford them.
Additionally, UK banks do not support Huawei Pay, so UK-based Huawei smartphone users will typically not be able to make payments with it. As of 2023, this digital wallet can only be used for things like storing tickets and loyalty cards.
There are ways around this for Huawei users, though. They could download and save their bank cards in a payment app like Curve Pay, which works via NFC on most contactless card machines.