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Huawei says AT&T won’t carry its phones, reportedly due to security issues

Huawei was reportedly negotiating with carriers such as AT&T and Verizon to offer at least one of its phones for sale in the U.S. this year. On Tuesday, January 9, Huawei released a statement to Reuters[1] explaining its flagship smartphone will not be sold by U.S. carriers. “The U.S. market presents unique challenges for Huawei, and while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by U.S. carriers, we remain committed to this market now and in the future,” the statement read.

The news comes only one day after a report from The Wall Street Journal[2] claimed AT&T reportedly canceled the deal. Reuters notes that a source familiar to the discussion said the deal fell through due to security concerns — which might be the “unique challenges” the company is referring to. AT&T was reportedly pressured into dropping the deal after a group of lawmakers wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing their concerns over Huawei’s plans to sell its products through a U.S. carrier, The Information[3] reports.

The letter cited Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government — a concern that has caused the company difficulty breaking into the U.S.[4] in the past. In 2016, Huawei was reportedly met with security concerns due to its networking equipment. The issue primarily stemmed from a 2012 congressional report suggesting U.S. carriers should stay away from Huawei gear because “China might use it to spy on Americans.”

The reports come the same week as CES 2018[5], where the massive Chinese company was speculated to announce its plans to sell the smartphone in the U.S. — via AT&T. “Over the past five years, Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the U.S. market. On Tuesday, Huawei will introduce new products to the U.S. market, including availability.

We look forward to sharing more information with you then,” Huawei told Digital Trends. According to The Information[6], the Mate 10 Pro was rumored to arrive on the AT&T network in January or February. Huawei was said to be negotiating with Verizon as well.

Huawei already sells budget devices in the U.S., but not through carriers — they can be purchased through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and other retailers. It also sold the Mate 9[7] through Amazon, after a soft launch[8] during CES 2017. Now, it’s stepping things up with the excellent Huawei Mate 10 Pro[9].

Challenges for Huawei

In addition to security concerns, there have also been technical obstacles when it comes to cellular standards.

The Mate 10 Pro is sold as a GSM mobile device internationally, but since Sprint and Verizon use CDMA networks, Huawei[10] would have to adapt its processors to be compatible with those networks. Security and technological issues aside, being able to sell its devices via U.S. carriers would solve the lack of presence Huawei has in the country. By selling a flagship line to U.S. carriers, the company would work to possibly grow its presence via U.S. retailer stores, TV commercials, and carrier websites.

Sources told Bloomberg that Huawei does plan to sell the Mate 10 device via ecommerce channels as well. Regardless of the competition, Huawei is still the third-largest smartphone manufacturer — behind Apple and Samsung. The earliest reports claimed Xiaomi[11] — another hugely popular Chinese smartphone brand — was also in discussions with U.S. carriers.

Update: Huawei confirms the Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by U.S. carriers

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References

  1. ^ to Reuters (www.reuters.com)
  2. ^ The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
  3. ^ The Information (www.theinformation.com)
  4. ^ into the U.S. (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ CES 2018 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ The Information (www.theinformation.com)
  7. ^ Mate 9 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ soft launch (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ Huawei Mate 10 Pro (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Huawei (www.huawei.com)
  11. ^ Xiaomi (www.mi.com)

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