"Political pressure" reportedly kills Huawei/AT&T smartphone deal

Posted January 10, 2018

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

Huawei was set to have a big 2018 as it was finally expected to land a major US carrier to sell its devices through a partnership with AT&T.

Instead, Huawei may have to sell the Mate 10 Pro via online channels that could restrict the uptake of the device. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.

The deal reportedly died after members of both the US Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the FCC.

In a statement to Reuters on Tuesday, Huawei said that the usa market presents "unique challenges" and that the Mate 10 Pro will not be sold directly by us carriers. That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei. Huawei has been selling its phones unlocked in the USA, but most consumers still buy their phones from their carrier, which gives them an easy way to try a phone in person before buying it and to spread out the payments once they do buy.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T, which is the second-largest provider of mobile phone services in the U.S. in terms of subscribers, changed its mind about a deal to sell Huawei phones. It was heavily rumored that AT&T would be selling Huawei's flagship smartphone in the USA, but it looks like the carrier backed out of the potential deal.

Today's report claims the deal was scheduled to be announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure". Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk.

"On Tuesday, Huawei will introduce new products to the USA market, including availability".

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