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Huawei Announces Free Service Days for South African Customers
Huawei South Africa has been quite pro active in reassuring their customers after the US ban, which threatens to cut off access to Google apps and updates on all Huawei smartphones. In fact, they’re so sure you’ll be using a Huawei smartphone for years to come, Business Tech reports that Huawei have announced free service days to ensure you keep your device in peak condition. Over the final weekend of every month, from Thursday until Sunday, Huawei will offer customers free exterior phone cleaning, free screen protectors, free software updates and support, as well as free out-of-warranty labour so you will only pay for parts that are replaced. Added to that, just for the month of June, you will be able to get a free battery replacement. If your Huawei is still under its standard two-year warranty, your battery will be replaced free of charge. If it is out of warranty, you will only pay R199 for a new battery. The following phone models are eligible for this offer: Y-Series Y3 2018 Y5 Prime 2018 Y7 2018 P-Series P8 lite 2017 P8 lite P9 P10 P10 Plus P20 Pro, P20, and P20 lite. These services are available at the following Huawei customer service centres: Durban – Shop U91, Cornubia Dr, Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2, Mount Edgecombe; Johannesburg – Shop H37G,The Piazza, Melrose Arch; Cape Town – Shop 96, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City; Cape Town – Shop G 231, Somerset Mall, Centenary Dr, Somerset West
How Does the Huawei US Ban Affect South Africans?
US President Donald Trump issued a ban last month, barring American companies from trading with certain Chinese companies, including Huawei, which has grown rapidly over the years to become one of the major players in the market with the release of popular devices like the Mate 20 and P30 Pro. As you may know, the ban means that Google would have to cut off Huawei’s access to its Android operating system, Google apps and security updates, leaving Huawei smartphone owners worried that their beloved devices just turned into expensive paperweights. There’s no need to panic, yet. Not long after the ban was announced, Huawei was granted a 3-month grace period that would allow them to continue doing business with Google, meaning that current users of its devices would not be affected and can still access the Google Play Store, download apps such as Gmail and YouTube, and receive security updates and patches. The long-term plan is still unclear though as no-one can predict what will happen after the 3-month grace period ends on 19 August 2019, but just in case, Huawei is developing a backup plan. Once news of the ban broke, Huawei revealed that it has been working on its own app store and operating system, similar to Apple’s App Store and iOS. It’s reportedly called Hong Meng, but details on whether it will be ready in time if the ban continues after the grace period have been scarce. Another concern is whether there is room for a new operating system, as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android pretty much dominate the smartphone industry worldwide. Even Microsoft had to abandon their Windows mobile OS because of poor adoption and lack of support from app developers. The other option Huawei has is switching all users to the open-source version of Android, but this OS will be limited in terms of access to Google’s apps, which will have to be accessed via a web browser or by side-loading the apps on devices, which may seem like too much trouble for the average user looking for a phone that just works right out of the box. Huawei recently released a statement to the media: “Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.” For now, Huawei users will not be affected by the ban and can continue using their phones and updating them as usual. Just in case you were wondering, you cannot return your Huawei smartphone to the network you bought it from as, according to law, sellers cannot be held liable or responsible for external events that are out of their control. The bottom line is that you may never need to sell or dump your Huawei smartphone as the ban could be lifted even before the grace period runs out should Trump’s trade negotiations with China move ahead amicably.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Smartphone Before Bed!
Bedtime may seem like the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends on social media, check your email or perhaps squeeze in an episode or two of your favourite Netflix show, but using your smartphone or tablet in bed can affect your overall health. Various studies, including one by Harvard researchers, suggest that extensive use of your smartphone before bedtime may have an adverse effect on your overall health. Here are just some of the reasons why you should ditch your smartphone before going to bed: Loss of Sleep Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health problems such as heart disease and weight gain, not to mention fatigue and loss of concentration. Studies have shown that people who are exposed to the blue light emitted from phone and tablet screens take 10 minutes longer to fall asleep than those who read a book. In fact, reading a good old-fashioned print book in bed may help you fall asleep faster. Eye Strain Exposure to blue light at night can be harmful to your eyesight. Most devices emit blue light, and while some smartphones come with a blue light filter, some may not. Some studies claim that prolonged exposure can irritate and strain the eyes, and while it hasn’t yet been proven, some claim there may be a possible link between blue light exposure and various eye conditions. Still, it’s better to safe than sorry. Weakened Immune System Your body produces a hormone called melatonin, which is responsible for regulating your sleep cycle and promoting a deep, restorative sleep. Apart from this, it’s also a powerful antioxidant which helps the body fight ailments. Even low levels of light can decrease the production of melatonin, weakening your immune system and leaving you more susceptible to illnesses. Therefore, it’s advised to sleep in total darkness and to avoid looking at your smartphone before bed, especially in a dark environment. While it’s great to stay in the loop, just remember your health is more important than catching up with friends and the latest news on social media and WhatsApp. Sweet dreams!