UPDATE: AT&T bails on deal to sell Huawei phones, Chinese firm issues statement

UPDATE: Following Monday reports a deal between Huawei and AT&T had fallen through, the Chinese smartphone maker confirmed it will not sell phones via US carriers. 

“We remain committed in this market now and in the future. U.S. customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need.”

The Mate Pro 10 and the Honor range will continue to be available directly, rather than through accords with mobile networks.

Original story continues below…

US communications giant AT&T has pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones, less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to announce the accord, a WSJ report has claimed.

The Chinese manufacturer has been attempting to crack America without support from any of the US networks and the AT&T agreement would have catapulted it into gaze of mainstream smartphone shoppers in the US for the first time.

Instead, if the report proves to be accurate, the world’s third most popular smartphone manufacturer company will remain on the the outside looking in.

The Wall Street Journal’s sources don’t cite a reason for the collapse in the deal, and neither firm has provided confirmation or an explanation on the matter.

Whether this is just a delay while kinks are ironed out, or a more permanent curtailing of the planned partnership remains to be seen. Regardless, the collapse would represent a huge blow to Huawei’s global expansion plans.

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Top handsets like the Mate 10 Pro (above) were widely expected to become available to AT&T customers early this year, signaling a massive breakthrough for Huawei.

The firm trails only Apple and Samsung in terms of worldwide sales and an accord with a US network may have been enough to push Huawei into the No.1 spot.

Today’s report claims the deal was scheduled to be announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. We’ll update this story should things change tomorrow.

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