AT&T backs away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones

AT&T backs away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones

Huawei Technologies has failed to strike a deal for AT&T to sell its flagship phones to American consumers, a setback for China's top mobile-phone maker, which was expected to unveil a partnership with a USA carrier as early as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.

"We will sell our flagship phone, our product, in the USA market through carriers next year", Richard Yu, the president of Huawei Technologies' consumer business, said in a December interview, which was confirmed at the time by a Huawei spokesperson.

Huawei had been expected to announce Tuesday at a Las Vegas trade show that it had struck an agreement with AT&T, marking its first partnership with a major us mobile carrier.

Citing sources close to the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese smartphone maker supposedly had a deal in place that it was going to announce at CES 2018 tomorrow, the same day that CEO Richard Yu is scheduled to give a keynote.

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AT&T declined to comment.

Top handsets like the Mate 10 Pro (above) were widely expected to become available to AT&T customers early this year, signaling a massive breakthrough for Huawei. Huawei has been selling its phones unlocked in the United States, but most consumers still buy their phones from their carrier, which gives them an easy way to try a phone in person before buying it and to spread out the payments once they do buy. The move could have helped Huawei increase its market share in the U.S.

AT&T has backed off of a deal to sell Huawei phones in the US. "We look forward to sharing more information with you then".

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