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

Jan 10, 2018, 00:29
Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T

Instead, Huawei may have to sell the Mate 10 Pro via online channels that could restrict the uptake of the device.

The firm trails only Apple and Samsung in terms of worldwide sales and an accord with a USA network may have been enough to push Huawei into the No.1 spot.

Huawei had planned several announcements for the CES event this week, including speculation that it was ready to reveal a sales tie-in with AT&T, according to the earlier reports.

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WSJ noted that the failed AT&T deal marks a setback for Huawei and its ambition to be the world's leading smartphone brand.

"We remain committed in this market now and in the future".

Huawei's plans for growth in the USA led to heightened scrutiny by Congress. Huawei has stated that while the Mate 10 Pro won't be offered via a carrier in the USA, it would be offered via open channels. It would have been the Chinese company's biggest opportunity to break into the USA market with its smartphones.

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The deal would have seen Huawei phones bundled with service deals in AT&T stores, as carrier stores are the primary way U.S. consumers buy phones.

Now Huawei confirmed the report and said the highly-anticipated Mate 10 Pro will not be sold in the United States through local carriers. 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's phones won't be sold in the USA through carriers. However, Huawei will continue on its determined campaign to pierce through the lucrative North American market.

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