Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

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

Yes
78.9%
No
21.1%

We asked you yesterday what do you think about the pressure that lawmakers put on Verizon and AT&T to ditch the deal with Huawei on the Mate 10 and 10 Pro, and it seems that the overwhelming opinion is carriers have missed out on good phones, though 21% of our respondents think that there is a reason for that. In any case, you can still get the Mate 10 Pro from Best Buy and other places, and use it on the T-Mobile or AT&T, though Verizon's approval would be a no-go now.

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.

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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

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5 Comments

1. AustinPaul

Posts: 152; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Per the last poll about unlocked phones - no biggie. Just get one from Amazon or another retailer you trust.

2. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

The problem you run into in the USA, is the the bulk of smartphone consumers, STILL think you have to buy one, from a carrier. Also, most consumers are still use to the idea of a subsidized phone. When they see a retail price of 600, 700 to 1000 dollars for something they typically toss and buy new every couple years, they still like the idea of breaking it up over 24 months. THAT unfortunately means you buy it from a carrier, locked down, bloated and features removed. It's almost impossible to get attached to a carrier in the USA because Apple & Samsung pretty much have a lock on that. Walk into a carrier store, and it's almost all you see. Wouldn't surprise me some k-street money was bouncing around between K-street, Apple/Samsung, Congress/Senate, FCC to keep everyone else out of the market.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1198; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Things could change if all unlocked phones worked on all carriers.

3. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 190; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Despite being mislabeled the 'Land of the free' the US has a long tradition of blocking trade/access to foreign industries that are likely to impact on less competitive local industries. Nothing new here...

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30875; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Big time swing and miss. We're talking bottom 9, bases loaded, trailing 3-2, down to your last strike swing and miss.

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