Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T

Posted January 10, 2018

Huawei already confirmed that they would be expanding into the U.S. Indeed, Huawei has been eagerly pushing the news that the Mate 10 Pro would be coming to the U.S., with more details to come at CES.

Rumors have been brewing for some time now that Chinese phone maker Huawei will officially make its Mate 10 Pro flagship available in the United States through USA carriers. He added: "We will continue to move forward with the best technology and design to create pioneering experiences that will help users move forward and rely more and more on Huawei's handsets to accomplish all their business and everyday needs". According to the source, Verizon meant to sell the Huawei Mate 10 this summer, but it had recently been pushed back to fall, and now it appears there is a strong likelihood it will be cancelled altogether. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.

Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T
Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T

Now that its deal with AT&T has been scrapped, it seems that Verizon is under similar pressure to cut ties with the Chinese OEM.

Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T to distribute its phones in the United States this year, said the people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified as the talks were private.

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AT&T was pressured to drop the deal after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter on December 20 to the Federal Communications Commission citing concerns about Huawei's plans to launch consumer products through a major U.S. telecom carrier, online tech news site The Information reported. A deal with AT&T could have paved the way for the Chinese giant to gain a foothold in the competitive USA market, though now it seems that Huawei will have to settle with retail avenues that are traditionally less successful in the U.S.

That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei.

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The deal reportedly died after members of both the US Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the FCC. Thanks to Project Treble, a generic build of AOSP Android Oreo without any Huawei software can be installed on the Mate 10 Pro (as I have done on my own device).

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