Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? Here's the lowdown

Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? Here's the lowdown
The emotional outburst of Huawei's CEO at the CES keynote was highly unusual for him. He usually stumbles bravely through the English pronunciation, repeating talking points from a slideshow, but at some point he paused and addressed the failed deal to bring the Mate 10 and 10 Pro on Verizon and AT&T. It was arguably due to lawmakers who raised concerns about letting a Chinese company in the telecom industry, be it with a consumer product. 

Richard Yu said in a pitched voice that the phones are bringing the utmost in Android privacy and security, while even in China the company is looked at suspiciously as it has shot up in the consumer electronics market in the span of only few years, and become the largest phone maker there, and third-largest in the world. Still, the baggage from the 2011 allegations that the Chinese government may have potential influence over Huawei apparently holds in Congress. 

In 2012, the US House Intelligence issued an advisory for US companies to abstain from buying Huawei and ZTE equipment, and, although this didn't apply to final consumer products like phones, the lawmakers again expressed concerns before AT&T and Verizon, and demanded the deal be stopped. While Richard Yu's words that in the end it's consumers that are losing variety and competition may sound like sour grapes, a few specifics of the Mate 10 Pro hammer his point home.

Did Verizon and AT&T miss out on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?


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Mate 10 Pro
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Ok, if people want to post that Huawei phones are botnet and full of spyware, lets at least see a shred of proof to go with it. Just posting this before the inevitable comments come.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

all of the large companies are spying. decide to believe that and you won't have to worry anymore lol.

9. frequency

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

i don't care and don't give a s**t about it, samsung had explosion , apple had battery control issue which afe even worse than spyware. So ya trying to tell me HUAWEI is the worse before no one use it yet. How f**king judgemental you are. From this point, i'm gonna get a Porsche version. seriously, who's your sponsor? how much will they pay you to downgrade HUAWEI all the time for every sing post? 25 cents?

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Concerned about privacy yet scroogle is permitted to be in full data-mining operation locally? How ironic...

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's disappointing that Verizon and At&t didn't pick up the Mate 10 Pro. Hopefully Sprint will pick it up.

13. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If the government really thought there were privacy issues wouldn't they try to ban the product entirely? If I can still buy it on Amazon, what's the point? Just limiting consumer choice IMHO. Or trying to prevent a Chinese company from gaining a foothold in the US.

17. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Excellent point.

16. burkett375

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

I'll buy unlocked if it works on Verizon (which it won't)

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

It should work on Verizon. It has all the necessary bands. Just use a sim pre-activated on a Verizon phone. At least that's what some are doing with the Mi Mix 2.

19. Seatech21

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 01, 2018

Then ban all Chinese electronics if that's the case. This is bigger than just the phones, this is political. The United States government doesn't want a Chinese company to gain a substantial foothold in our market, it's that simple! Or else they wouldn't allow the phones to be sold unlocked at Best Buy still. China should block iPhone sales immediately.

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