AT&T Won't Offer Huawei's Flagship After All

AT&T Won't Offer Huawei's Flagship After All

No reason for the cancelation of this deal was revealed. One day before that announcement was scheduled, though, a report says that the agreement is dead.

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.

LAS VEGAS-The Las Vegas Convention Center is plastered with Huawei ads, but the global No. 3 cell phone maker's CES may have been ruined today.

An expected partnership with US carrier AT&T to distribute Huawei phones in the United States appeared to have fallen through, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Huawei's CES 2018 keynote is happening tomorrow, and it'll be interesting to see what the company has to say. The story has since been independently verified by The Verge.

Rumors about AT&T selling the Huawei Mate 10 began surfacing a few months ago, and Huawei recently confirmed that its flagship would be coming to a United States carrier in 2018. Had it gone through, it would've marked Huawei's first carrier partnership in the U.S. and could've given the company's smartphone lineup a major boost in visibility. "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. It's unclear if Huawei will sell the Mate 10 unlocked online in the U.S., or whether it'll enter talks with another U.S. carrier.

What do you think is behind AT&T's reported decision?