The supplier, Sapient, experienced "VPN problems" with a desktop computer so used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card to send the message, the memo reportedly said. Some firms announced that employees caught using Apple handsets would be punished, while those purchasing Huawei phones would get subsidies.
Reuters and Bloomberg cited an internal memo as saying that Huawei blamed the blunder on an outside company it employs to manage its social-media overseas. According to the news outlet, many companies are offering discounts on Huawei phones to encourage employees to buy Huawei phones.
In a furry of patriotic displays, many Chinese consumers and companies have vowed to stop using USA products including Apple iPhones in support of Huawei and Meng.
One unnamed employee and Huawei's director of digital marketing were demoted and had their monthly salary slashed by 5,000 yuan (USD 730), according to the memo widely shared on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo and seen by AFP. This was more than a one-time thing - which it was for Huawei, it sounds like. Even T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere promoted Samsung Mobile's Note 3 phablet using his iPhone 5s. Samsung's brand ambassador in Russia, Ksenia Sobchak (who is also Russian President, Vladimir Putin's niece) was caught using an iPhone on live TV. This includes another instance for Huawei with Wonder Woman herself, Gal Galdot.
Huawei sent a "Happy 2019" greeting on its official Twitter account with a "Twitter for iPhone" stamp on December 31.
Huawei has something of a reputation for discipline and strict working conditions.
Why does all of this matter? .
Although this is not such a grave mistake, it still is an embarrassing situation, especially considering the alleged iPhone boycott. Think about it. If you are working for a smartphone company, yet you are not using their phone for promoting their devices, or tweeting on their official accounts, it looks pretty bad.