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AT&T Deal To Sell Huawei Smartphones Falls Apart In 11th Hour

Huawei Mate 10 Pro AT&T Deal To Sell Huawei Smartphones Falls Apart In 11th Hour
Guillermo Lane | 10 January, 2018, 00:30

According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T, which is the second-largest provider of mobile phone services in the United States in terms of subscribers, changed its mind about a deal to sell Huawei phones. The company provided no explanation on why the rumored partnership was called off, which, according to reports, was scheduled for announcement at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

That placed Huawei's smartphones at a considerable disadvantage compared to Apple, Samsung and other phone makers whose products are readily available from mobile carriers' stores. In that letter the committees raised concerns about Huawei's plans to launch consumer products in the U.S. Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE were both considered potential threats to security of the U.S. and in 2012 the House intelligence committee said that both firms should be barred from any major acquisitions or mergers in the U.S. The latter's mobile devices will not sell through a USA telco anytime soon, but Android fans need not fret.

Huawei has always been viewed with suspicion in Washington because of alleged links to the Chinese government.

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Its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, for example, will apparently be available unlocked for customers to buy, an unnamed source told the publication. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S. 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.

For now, part of Huawei's plan is to reach out to US consumers using alternative channels such as online and physical retail stores.

The deal is off between AT&T and China's Huawei. However, Huawei will continue on its determined campaign to pierce through the lucrative North American market. Breaking into the US market would simply bring it closer to its lofty ambitions.

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