Huawei deal to sell phones through AT&T in USA falls through

Delia Watkins
January 10, 2018

Huawei appears to be committed to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the USA, but through the open channel.

The firm trails only Apple and Samsung in terms of worldwide sales and an accord with a USA network may have been enough to push Huawei into the No.1 spot.

The Huawei Mate 10 pro was supposed to be headed to mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon in the United States, the handset is now not coming to these carriers.

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Huawei confirmed the news at CES 2018 in Las vegas, Nevada. No explanation for the decision has been given, and a Huawei spokesperson would only say that "Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the USA market".

For those unfamiliar with the AT&T story, The Information reported that the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent letters to the FCC in December alleging Huawei was a security threat. It has the hashtag Mate 10 Pro, suggesting that Huawei will be unveiling its device for the USA market, just not via individual mobile carriers. "USA customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", the Chinese telecom equipment giant said. Huawei has stated that while the Mate 10 Pro won't be offered via a carrier in the USA, it would be offered via open channels. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S. The congress members were concerned that Huawei was closely tied to the Communist Party as well as to intelligence services in China. The latter's mobile devices will not sell through a US telco anytime soon, but Android fans need not fret.

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