Don't expect T-Mobile to pick up the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

It now appears that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will not be offered by AT&T or Verizon. The Wall Street Journal today suggested that the reversal might have taken place because of a 2012 Congressional report that claimed Huawei's telecom equipment was used to spy on corporations and governments. The allegations in the report were denied by the manufacturer despite comments made by former CIA chief Michael Hayden. The latter claims to have seen hard evidence that Huawei has spied on behalf of China, its home country. AT&T and Verizon have not made any comments about Huawei at all.

Huawei has a goal, as many of you know, which is to top Samsung and Apple and become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. While some analytical firms did have the company in second place ahead of Apple for the third quarter of 2017, the company's task is going to be hard to accomplish without a U.S. carrier spending money to promote its phones. It surely looked as though AT&T, and possibly Verizon, would be offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro this year. Now that this is not happening, you might think that it is the perfect opportunity for T-Mobile to step in and show up the duopoly mockingly referred to as Dumb and Dumber by the carrier's president and CEO John Legere.

But as it turns out, T-Mobile itself has had an issue with Huawei, one that resulted in a $4.8 million court ruling in T-Mobile's favor. The jury ruled that Huawei stole T-Mobile’s trade secrets when its employees took pictures of a T-Mobile robot called "Tappy" that tested smartphones. Huawei might have considered that a victory considering that T-Mobile was seeking $500 million. But the jury said that Huawei's actions were not "willful and malicious." T-Mobile was asking for lost profits and revenue that it could have had by licensing Tappy. The robot, designed in 2007, would test smartphones by tapping them in the same manner as a human would. (Thanks to Evan Blass for turning us on to this story).

While this would seem like a great opportunity for T-Mobile to come in and offer a handset that many U.S. consumers are interested in, it seems that there could be political backlash that no U.S. carrier wants to be involved in. After all, what company wants to end up the subject of a tweet from President Donald Trump? In addition, it does appear that T-Mobile, victimized itself by Huawei, has an even more valid reason to blackball Huawei. You can see Tappy in action by clicking the video at the top of the screen.

source: T-Mobile, Fierce Wireless

Related phones

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. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"Huawei's telecom equipment was used to spy on corporations and governments" if that even was the case then why do the carriers sell cheaper Huawei phones? There have been multiple mid range or low end handsets offered by Huawei on all 4 major networks. This sounds like speculation and hype to me...

4. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It just sounds like big gov is trying to keep another Asian company out the US. That's okay, because their is Boost, Virgin, Metro PCs, Cricket and other who can help them

2. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Why didn't you copy the entire passage which goes, "a 2012 Congressional report that claimed Huawei's telecom equipment was used to spy on corporations and governments." It's a claim made in a Congressional report. I wrote it as such and that is a fact. Alan F.

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

The plot thickens.

5. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

US being absolutely ridiculous about the Mate10Pro launching in the States... So a device from a Chinese maker is being barred from launching on US carriers. While their networks are running on Huawei tech. And every frikkin phone is made in China. Paranoia on a new level. WTF. -Roland Quandt

6. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So, dear fellow Americans, since you have en open, liberal market, without government influence on it, "be free" to choose between Apple or's s your democratic right, and wee all know that you can't go wrong in your (s)election

7. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

SMH, It's okay for other USA companies to spy on American, but it's wrong for anyone else to spy. Hippocrates I tell you!

8. digdugboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 2018

Huawei is currently litigating a patent infringement suit against T-Mobile, ostensibly filed in retaliation for the "Tappy" lawsuit,

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