China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

"USA customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", it said in a statement.

Huawei said in a statement to Reuters on Tuesday that its flagship premium smartphone Mate 10 Pro - Huawei's challenge to the iPhone - will not be sold in the United States via a telecoms carrier but only through open channels.

In the recent past, Huawei has only sold its handsets in the US through its own website, through Amazon.com and other online retailers, giving its phones less market exposure and making it impossible for buyers to examine the devices before making a purchase. The award will be presented during the CES show in Las Vegas from 9 to 12 January 2018.

For years, there's been a big hole missing in the US Android phone market. 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.

The company has been trying to penetrate the US market for years now and its success hinges on selling its phones through carriers.

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An expected partnership with USA carrier AT&T to distribute Huawei phones in the United States appeared to have fallen through, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure".

Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T to distribute its phones in the United States this year, said the people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified as the talks were private.

For many consumers it can be simpler to buy their smartphones directly from their mobile carriers where the handsets can be set up with a SIM card, data transfer services and related application services that make it easier to switch to a new phone brand. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S.

Last month, members of the Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission to review any relationship with Huawei and requested that the FCC get briefed on the security concerns raised in 2012.

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