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Verizon reportedly joins AT&T in rejecting sales of Huawei smartphones

Verizon follows AT&T in ditching plans to offer Huawei smartphones Verizon follows AT&T in ditching plans to offer Huawei smartphones
Nellie Chapman | 31 January, 2018, 04:47

Earlier this month, AT&T announced that they would not be bringing the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. market, despite anticipation that the high-end device would finally be available through an official channel in the US.

Earlier this month, AT&T backed out of a proposed deal to carry the Mate 10 Pro and offer it to prospective customers after pressure from lawmakers and the federal government.

In the recent past, Huawei has only sold its handsets in the US through its own website, Amazon.com and other online retailers, giving its phones less market exposure and making it impossible for buyers to examine the devices before making a purchase.

In 2012, a United States congressional committee declared Huawei a security threat over its alleged ties with the Chinese government, though Huawei rejected the spying accusations.

Neither Huawei nor Verizon immediately responded to requests to comment.

That placed Huawei's smartphones at a considerable disadvantage compared with Apple, Samsung and other phone makers whose products are readily available from mobile carriers' stores. But things didn't go according to plan, which seems to have really hurt Huawei's momentum. The question is whether the government will exert pressure on retailers next.

Trump's national security team looked for ways to accelerate the deployment of American 5G networks, "apparently concluding that the current deployment plans are too slow and too limited for national security purposes", Blair Levin, a policy adviser to New Street Research, wrote in a note.

A Huawei spokesman also declined to comment on the matter.

They aren't the company's first run-ins with the government. But at this year's CES, Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business group, defended his company and slammed USA carriers.

Since then, the spying accusations have continued from both sides.

In the wake of Snowden's revelations, Cisco came under fire from state-run media outlets when its internet equipment in China was singled out as a potential security threat.