AT&T drops plans to carry Huawei smartphones

Nettie James
January 10, 2018

Rumors about AT&T selling the Huawei Mate 10 began surfacing a few months ago, and Huawei recently confirmed that its flagship would be coming to a U.S. carrier in 2018.

United States communications giant AT&T has pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones, less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to announce the accord, a WSJ report has claimed. The Mate 10 Pro as well as Huawei's other phones will only be available as unlocked devices from various online stores like Amazon and from Huawei's own online store.

Other specifications on the device include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage a standard, there is another model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

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

Report: AT&T Backs Out of Huawei Partnership

Huawei's phones won't be sold in the USA through carriers. A deal with AT&T would've helped Huawei get its phones in front of many new consumers.

The letter said Congress has "long been concerned about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular", according to the Times' report. However, recently there were reports suggesting that the deal has failed. "I think that we can bring value to the carriers and to consumers". 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.

As the Journal reports, part of the suspicions about Huawei stem from its background, which was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer for China's People's Liberation Army.

Seemingly unmindful of the setback, Huawei made known of its resolve to have a get-go on the US market. It's said that Huawei was planning to announce the news Tuesday, aka tomorrow, but now the company's deal with AT&T is no more.

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