China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal
10 January, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Cecelia Webb
Huawei already confirmed that they would be expanding into the U.S. Indeed, Huawei has been eagerly pushing the news that the Mate 10 Pro would be coming to the U.S., with more details to come at CES. Based on these standards the Huawei Mate 10 Pro phone, which was launched for the first time last October and it is significant for operating on Kirin processor 970 based on artificial intelligence techniques, has won the first place with 361 points on all the criteria.
Sure, it sold phones unlocked through online retailers, but the only way to sell a real number of phones is via carrier partnerships.
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. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.
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. 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. The company, effectively shut off from the USA since this incident, has always been seeking to make a return.
For years, there's been a big hole missing in the US Android phone market. "We are proud of the continuous success of our smartphones, and we are very pleased that the Mate 10 Pro has received the 2017 Smartphone Award from a prestigious organization, the Android Authority".
One silver lining here is that any alleged improprieties can be prevented by running unofficial software on the device.
Huawei announced that the Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, and Titanium Gray models would be available in the United States.
This story is developing, we will update the article as new information is presented.
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