Huawei CEO says failed AT&T sales partnership is a huge loss for consumers

Huawei announced its newest flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro will be available in the United States on February 18. Despite optimistic statement coming from the Chinese handset maker, the device will not be sold through any of the US carriers, but customers will be able to pick this one up via Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H.

Although Huawei and AT&T seemed to have reached an accord for the distribution of the Mate 10 Pro in the United States a few weeks ago, political pressure prevented the carrier from “greenlighting” the agreement.

During Huawei's CES 2018 press conference, Richard Yu, the company's CEO admitted the failed AT&T sales partnership is an important blow to the company's smartphone business in the United States.

Moreover, Yu said that AT&T walking away from the deal is an even bigger loss for consumers in the United States. And with Verizon rumored to back away from a sales partnership as well, things look pretty bleak for both Huawei and fans of its smartphones alike.



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Another greedy company in the making selling overpriced China phones to the consumers.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's right, it is a huge loss for U.S. consumers. The Mate 10 Pro seems to be a phenomenal smartphone. CHOICE is always what's best for the consumer. The more choices, the better off we as consumers will be.

3. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They are gonna sell the Mate 10 Pro unlocked in the US. So what's the fuzz? More than anything, it's Huawei's loss and NOT the consumers. As you've said, CHOICE is always what's best for the consumers so they can choose to buy the unlocked, FREE from carrier branding. That is the BEST choice.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who's making a fuss? I'm merely pointing out a FACT. And if you're a smartphone OEM trying to get into the US market, you need carrier backing to be successful. How many consumers purchase phones unlocked vs through their carrier? I guarantee you that the purchase rate through carriers is much higher. The BEST CHOICE for consumers would be having the option to purchase unlocked AND through a carrier. That's the BEST CHOICE.

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You do NOT need a carrier backing for an OEM to be successful. Does OnePlus ring a bell? The point is, they are just as greedy as Apple for trying to sell an overpriced phone in the US. It is NOT good for their business because Huawei NEEDS AT&T to successfully sell the Mate 10 Pro but isn't the case to OnePlus because their flagship phone is half the price as this "other" China OEM.

7. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- Clearly you don't know how the US market works, it's a completely different market than the rest of the world. Vast majority of people finance their phones through deals that these carriers offer. 2- Also, majority of them knows little about newest devices, if it wasn't for the demo units you'll find in stores, they would have no clue there are other OEMs building phones other than Apple and Samsung. I'm not saying everyone, but majority of them are like this. 3- How is it overpriced? Compared to the market, it's priced around the same as it's competition, and even cheaper. Could it have been a tad cheaper for a phone that is entering a new market? Sure, but it's not overpriced for what it's offering. 4- You talk about the OnePlus phone, and no one can argue that it's a bargain. But OP didn't enter the US market, people ship them from overseas, and there is no official number that states how many units they have shipped to the US. 5- Huawei has their Honor line to compete in the sub 500 dollars market, and the Honor 8 was a huge success for them.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you, maherk. You’re someone that knows how things work in U.S. with carriers and smartphones.

8. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

How are they as greedy as Apple? The mate 10 Pro flagship is retailing at $799 compared to Apples $1,149 flagship a difference of $350. TBH you get more for your money with the Mate 10 Pro so it's a bit of a bargain compared to the iPhone X and an absolute steal if compared to the iPhone 8.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

In the U.S., yes you do. And Huawei in the U.S. is the topic at hand. How successful is OnePlus in the United States? Has OnePlus even entered the U.S. market, or do people ship their devices from OnePlus overseas? How successful is any OEM in the United States without carrier backing? Not successful at all. You clearly don’t know how things work in the United States when it comes to smartphones. It’s much different than the rest of the world.

21. frequency

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Without the carrier, i can use a prepaid simcard or WiFi call, so what's wrong to buy a HUAWEI phone, ya got sponsor, huh? how much will they pay you? 25 cents?

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

How does that help Huawei gain traction in the U.S. if most people in the U.S. buy their smartphones through a carrier, and most have probably never heard of Huawei in the first place? And why am I trying to explain anything to someone that obviously forgot which alt account he’s responding to me from?

9. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

USA is trying to protect Apple, thats all there is to it. Apple is actually government owned, just like Microsoft, Intel and Google.

10. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

If that were the case the Chinese could technically end Apple in just 1 day. All they would have to do is completely ban the manufacture or sale of any Apple products today and the company would cease to function, investors would dump all stock and Apple would not be able to do bugger all for at least 12 months. It would more or less destroy them. Apple is completely reliant on China.

12. cocoy

Posts: 460; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think the problem why the deal did not materialize is because Huawei doesn't want to disclose its product to US government. US government is hesitant if there are software or program hidden under the hood of Huawei phone which will send any information or can be used for espionage to US citizens just like One plus did for its phones.

13. whatev

Posts: 2319; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

China is very protective with their local brands in their territory with no equal opportunities for a healthy and regular market so I think it’s fair Chinese brands get the same from other countries. China wants to conquer the world and they want the world to stay submissive to their intentions

16. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

What are you talking about, Apple is the 5th largest phone seller in China and China is Apples largest market after the US. How many chinese OEM's do US carriers offer? Zero! or maybe the odd phone from ZTE. When OEM's try and enter the US market they are hindered at every turn. The US market is totally biased against Chinese OEM's and so is the US Gov. They don't seem to mind the Chinese when they go begging for trillions in bailout money though.

17. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Oh and as for China wants to conquer the world, well the US has that pretty much sewn up with it's invading sovereign states for their oil reserves.

18. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't waste my time arguing him if I was you, he is a die-hard Apple fanboy, he would be saying the opposite if Apple was a Chinese company.

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