China's Huawei says flagship smartphone will not be sold by USA carriers

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A deal under which USA carrier AT&T Inc was to have sold smartphones made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has collapsed at the eleventh hour, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a major setback for the Chinese firm's global ambitions.

Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday that its flagship smartphone Mate 10 Pro will be sold in the United States through the open channel and not by USA carriers. 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. The company has repeatedly confirmed on their USA social media accounts that the new Mate smartphone would be unveiled on January 9.

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. The Mate 10 Pro as well as Huawei's other phones will only be available as unlocked devices from various online stores like Amazon and from Huawei's own online store. It's hard for any of us to determine the veracity of the alleged intelligence committee report without having seen the evidence, so ultimately it's up to you if you want to believe the report.

AT&T has never confirmed reports that such a deal was under consideration and it again refused to comment on the matter on January 8 in an email exchange with eWEEK.

The company has been trying to penetrate the USA market for years now and its success hinges on selling its phones through carriers.

Huawei was supposed to announce its deal with AT&T during CES 2018 this week, but AT&T apparently canceled its arrangement with the Chinese phone maker.

For the average consumer, the report might dissuade some from purchasing the new smartphone.

For those unfamiliar with what happened with AT&T, a report yesterday from the Wall Street Journal revealed that talks between the two companies had ceased. The congress members were concerned that Huawei was closely tied to the Communist Party as well as to intelligence services in China. Although there were positive signs that Huawei might finally sign an agreement with one or more United States carriers, an earlier report by Wall Street Journal claimed negotiations failed and the smartphone company will continue to sell its products through open channels.

Huawei's phones won't be sold in the US through carriers.



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