Huawei suffers setback in its plans to crack US

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"We will sell our flagship phone, our product, in the USA market through carriers next year", Richard Yu, the president of Huawei Technologies' consumer business, said in a December interview, which was confirmed at the time by a Huawei spokesperson. It has the hashtag Mate 10 Pro, suggesting that Huawei will be unveiling its device for the US market, just not via individual mobile carriers.

Its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, for example, will apparently be available unlocked for customers to buy, an unnamed source told the publication. The Wall Street Journal was one of the earliest to publish reports regarding the carrier's decision to pull out of the deal.

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.


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

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. But the company has not revealed the reason behind the failure to reach an agreement. That deal has been cancelled according to people claiming knowledge about the deal. "US customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need". Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk. Breaking into the USA market would simply bring it closer to its lofty ambitions. It would have been the Chinese company's biggest opportunity to break into the US market with its smartphones.

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