Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Huawei's AT&T USA smartphone deal collapses

Huawei's AT&T USA smartphone deal collapses

On the other hand, as the supposed Huawei-AT&T deal did not push through, customers in the United States can still get an unlocked Mate 10 Pro through other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy for $799, and pre-orders will be accepted starting on Sunday, Feb. 4. The company, in fact, was banned in 2012 from bidding for US government contracts for telecommunications equipment and networking infrastructure.

The company has issued a statement suggesting it is reviewing the decision by the Chinese court and will determine its response at a later date, leaving it unclear if the company will appeal the decision.

Huawei is the fourth-biggest smartphone maker globally because of its massive popularity in Asia, according to IDC. "We have flexibility in who we support today, so adding Huawei, in addition to Apple and Android, would be nice", the channel partner said.

The mounting pressure from lawmakers was likely the most significant contributing factor to the deals falling through with the country's two largest carriers, according to one West Coast-based solution provider executive that asked not to be named.

The expected partnership was supposed to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with the US introduction of Huawei's upcoming flagship phone model.

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Privately-held Huawei has denied any accusations that the company is controlled by the Chinese government, and said it has cooperated with investigations from the USA government. "Huawei can bring more value to them".

At CES, an angry Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, admitted the end of the AT&T deal was a loss for the company, "but the more big loss is for consumers, because consumers don't have the best choice".

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. -based telecommunications company AT&T has chose to back away from a deal to sell Huawei's smartphones in the U.S. Huawei had been expected to announce the deal at CES that day. Yu said 90 percent of all smartphones in the country are sold through telecommunication carriers.

Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents.

AT&T has reneged on Huawei's first distribution deal with a USA carrier, leaving the firm's expansion ambitions in tatters.

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