Huawei deal to sell phones via AT&T falls through

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"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 confirmed the news at CES 2018 in Las vegas, Nevada.

That placed Huawei's smartphones at a considerable disadvantage compared to Apple, Samsung and other phone makers whose products are readily available from mobile carriers' stores.

As the Journal reports, part of the suspicions about Huawei stem from its background, which was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer for China's People's Liberation Army. The latter's mobile devices will not sell through a US telco anytime soon, but Android fans need not fret.

There are speculations that the deal fell through due to some form of trust issues.

Huawei has always been viewed with suspicion in Washington because of alleged links to the Chinese government. It appears the sentiments remain the same, but to be clear, nothing of this sort was discussed in the latest development.

Huawei still plans to sell a version of the Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier. In the past, buyers in America can get hold of Huawei handsets by ordering through Amazon and other online outlets.

But AT&T has apparently walked away from the deal. That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei. This is because the US has the biggest market in terms of revenue generated. "We look forward to sharing more information with you then", a Huawei representative said in a statement.