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

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

A deal under which US 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. Now Huawei confirmed the report and said the highly-anticipated Mate 10 Pro will not be sold in the United States through local carriers. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.

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

It is noteworthy that "Android Authority" Foundation this year, has conducted more than 40 tests on smart phones to participate in the evaluation, which Mate 10 Pro phone has passed, earning the best smart phone in the world for 2017. Later, The Information came out to say that this was due to "political pressure", as intelligence committees from the US Senate and House had pegged Huawei as a security threat.

Source: Verizon also under pressure to cancel upcoming Huawei phone launch
Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T

So far there is no sign that Huawei is trying to strike a handset sales deal with any of the other major USA mobile carriers, such as T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint.

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.

According to the paper's reporting, part of the deal between AT&T and Huawei would have involved Huawei supplying cheap 5G networking equipment to AT&T.

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U.S. communications giant AT&T has pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones, less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to announce the accord, a WSJ report has claimed. The Wall Street Journal and The Verge both reported that AT&T backed out of the deal for some unknown reason.

But the collapse of the deal with AT&T, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, will mean that Huawei will likely struggle to make a hit of its smartphones there as a US mobile carrier would typically promote the products as well as provide subsidies and special package deals. The Dec. 20 letter, reviewed by The Information, cited an intelligence committee report on the Chinese firm's alleged ties to the Communist Party and China's intelligence and security services. Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk. 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".

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