Huawei Mate 10 Pro won't be released via AT&T, new report claims

Huawei Mate 10 Pro won't be released via AT&T, new report claims

Tomorrow, January 9, Huawei will officially announce its Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the US, during a CES 2018 press event. Previous reports had it that the Mate 10 Pro would be released via AT&T, in an effort from Huawei to make its brand better known stateside, where the company's phones are far from being popular. However, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that, according to people familiar with the matter, AT&T is backing away from the deal, and won't sell any Huawei handsets (or at least not in the near future).



 



The Wall Street Journal mentions that, at the moment, AT&T's reasons for not going through with the deal are unknown. Anyway, in the light of this, the "Best phone you've never heard of" tagline that Huawei is using for the Mate 10 Pro's upcoming announcement makes more sense. It would be relatively easy for Huawei to promote the device with the help of a major US carrier like AT&T, but, without its support, things will be far more complicated.



 



It remains to be seen if the Mate 10 Pro will be sold only unlocked, or if Huawei finds another carrier partner for the phone's US release.  



 



source: The Wall Street Journal 

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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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9 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think it's a poor move on AT&T's part. With T-Mobile chipping away at it's subscriber base and people seeing less and less benefit of having them as a mobile carrier, I've always thought they had a good selection of phones. By not carrying Huawei phones, it will just be one less thing they can show that they have over their carrier competition.

2. newbey123

Posts: 699; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Big mistake on AT&T's part.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AT&T is dropping the ball on this one. I’ve been following this phone, and it is absolutely amazing, and beautiful. Too bad AT&T, but it’s your loss.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1198; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Their best bet is to sell it unlocked for use on all carriers. Hopefully Big red, Yellow, or Magenta pick it up.

7. Furbal unregistered

They could do the top three pretty easy. Do the same thing the u11 did and use Lte only on Verizon.

5. S4NDY

Posts: 225; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Hah they scared because mate 10 pro is much better than iPhone X

6. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

First thing is the article is not about AT&T vs TMO. But since you brought it up, if you could own one of those companies, you would take AT&T IF you know to read a financial statement. As far as WOWAY goes. If any U.S. carrier put that phone up for $899. Right there with Samsung and Apple they wouldn’t sell. I’m not saying it’s a inferior phone. Hell, HTC can’t even sell phones in the US.

8. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

probably they yielded to the pressures of apple or Samsung.

9. p51d007

Posts: 701; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

at&t is till too much in bed with Apple/Samsung. Wouldn't surprise me if a little pressure was put on them to drop it. Won't matter to me. I've had 3 Mate devices...2,8,9. All have been great. I hope they look at Best Buy, Walmart, t-mobile etc to push their phones. Hey, t-mobile could come up with a pretty good ad..."hey, at&t was too chicken to try Huawei, but we weren't".

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