The deal reportedly died after members of both the US Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the FCC. "US consumers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", the company said in a statement provided to Reuters.
The Mate 10 Pro, launched in Europe in October with a price tag of €799, comes with AI-enhanced chips that Huawei, the world's third-largest smartphone vendor, says process data faster than those used by Apple and Samsung.
In the recent past, Huawei has only sold its handsets in the US through its own website, through Amazon.com and other online retailers, giving its phones less market exposure and making it impossible for buyers to examine the devices before making a purchase. It is possible that we get to know more about this in the coming weeks, but if you wanted to pick up a smartphone from the company's lineup, you will only be able to find them through online retailers or on its official USA -based store. Huawei has been selling its phones unlocked in the USA, 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.More news: Pence to visit Middle East this month following postponement
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Huawei still plans to sell a version of the Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier. That deal has been cancelled according to people claiming knowledge about the deal.
Officially, neither Huawei nor AT&T ever confirmed that a deal was even taking place and there's certainly no reason to expect that they would comment on this failed arrangement.
According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure".
USA lawmakers last month sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission to review Huawei's smartphone business following concerns the equipment could be used for spying, the Journal reported. Huawei has denied these allegations for years now, but it looks like AT&T was unwilling to take the risk. USA customers who were looking forward to the device can get it, but not in the manner that many prefer and have grown accustomed to.