AT&T Deal To Sell Huawei Smartphones Falls Apart In 11th Hour

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The Mate 10 Pro could have been the first flagship device from the company to be available through network operators in the US.

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. A deal with AT&T would've helped Huawei get its phones in front of many new consumers. No explanation for the decision has been given, and a Huawei spokesperson would only say that "Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the United States market". The company provided no explanation on why the rumored partnership was called off, which, according to reports, was scheduled for announcement at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

AT&T has backed off of a deal to sell Huawei phones in the US.

Huawei's plans for growth in the USA led to heightened scrutiny by Congress.

Huawei told CNBC in a separate statement that it will launch new products for the USA market on Tuesday.

"The US market presents unique challenges for Huawei, and while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by US carriers, we remain committed to this market now and in the future", the electronics giant said in its statement. Huawei has stated that while the Mate 10 Pro won't be offered via a carrier in the US, it would be offered via open channels. Unfortunately, Huawei has come forward and in its own words, confirms that it will not be selling carrier-branded phones in the U.S.

According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure". The congress members were concerned that Huawei was closely tied to the Communist Party as well as to intelligence services in China.

Huawei's phones won't be sold in the US through carriers.