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Huawei deal to sell phones via AT&T falls through

10 January 2018, 12:30 | Gerardo Harmon

Huawei deal to sell phones via AT&T falls through

Huawei is the top-selling smartphone company in China and the third biggest in the world. Above Richard Yu CEO of Huawei Technologies Co. during the company’s keynote event at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday

Amid reports of ongoing talks between the two companies, AT&T has announced Huawei phones will not be part of its handset offerings.

The Mate 10 Pro was expected to be sold in the USA through AT&T, but the company has provided the following statement, where it is confirmed that the Chinese giant is not going to be selling devices in the country for now. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case. However, the failure to secure a contract with AT&T or fellow United States giant Verizon drastically limits the Chinese company's growth in the American market. "US customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need". USA customers who were looking forward to the device can get it, but not in the manner that many prefer and have grown accustomed to. The company the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, but concerns about Huawei's relationship to the Chinese government has mostly kept its equipment out of the US.

For those unfamiliar with the AT&T story, The Information reported that the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent letters to the FCC in December alleging Huawei was a security threat.

Huawei still plans to sell a version of its Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier.

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

There was a huge level of anticipation building up to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, with people expecting Huawei to announce a partnership with AT&T. However, Huawei will continue on its determined campaign to pierce through the lucrative North American market. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S.

Seemingly unmindful of the setback, Huawei made known of its resolve to have a get-go on the US market.

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