"Political pressure" reportedly kills Huawei/AT&T smartphone deal

"Political pressure" reportedly kills Huawei/AT&T smartphone deal

The Chinese manufacturer has been attempting to crack America without support from any of the USA networks and the AT&T agreement would have catapulted it into gaze of mainstream smartphone shoppers in the United States for the first time.

The news is a huge blow to Huawei, now the third largest smartphone maker in the world after Apple and Samsung, and will roll back the company's plan to establish a larger presence in the United States starting this year.

Huawei had planned several announcements for the CES event this week, including speculation that it was ready to reveal a sales tie-in with AT&T, according to the earlier reports. Huawei now sells to consumers online, but the lack of carrier deals has made the company basically irrelevant in the U.S. market. Huawei's CES 2018 keynote is happening tomorrow, and it'll be interesting to see what the company has to say.

The AT&T deal died a few weeks after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the Federal Communications Commission raising concerns about reports that Huawei had struck a deal with a major telecommunications carrier.

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

Huawei still plans to sell a version of the Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier.

The deal is off between AT&T and China's Huawei. 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. It would have been the Chinese company's biggest opportunity to break into the USA market with its smartphones.

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

"On Tuesday, Huawei will introduce new products to the US market, including availability".

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