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

Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei

Speaking to a source familiar with the company's plans, Verizon is facing political pressure to cancel the launch a Huawei smartphone later this year. 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 company has repeatedly confirmed on their USA social media accounts that the new Mate smartphone would be unveiled on January 9.

Today's report claims the deal was scheduled to be announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

AT&T was pressured to drop the deal after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter on December 20 to the Federal Communications Commission citing concerns about Huawei's plans to launch consumer products through a major U.S. telecom carrier, online tech news site The Information reported.

The Mate 10 Pro, launched in Europe in October with a price tag of 799 euros ($955), comes with AI-enhanced chips that Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone vendor, says process data faster than those used by Apple and Samsung. National security leaders were anxious about potential backdoors being introduced into American telecommunications networks thanks to Huawei equipment, and National Security Agency director Michael Rogers and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey personally spoke to AT&T executives to cancel the deal. "We were hoping that the AT&T partnership would pave the way for similar deals with other USA carriers", a Huawei manager told The Information. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S. Even so, the Chinese giant seems determined to fight for market share in the United States and continue to sell its flagship smartphones through any means necessary.

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

That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei. Thanks to Project Treble, a generic build of AOSP Android Oreo without any Huawei software can be installed on the Mate 10 Pro (as I have done on my own device).

This story is developing, we will update the article as new information is presented.

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