AT&T reportedly won't sell Huawei phones after all

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One day before that announcement was scheduled, though, a report says that the agreement is dead.

Huawei was rumored to be in talks to sell its Mate 10 smartphone through AT&T by February.

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Huawei is the world's No. 3 smartphone maker but only has a scant presence in the USA market due to a lack of agreements with domestic carriers. Instead, "people familiar with the matter" told the Wall Street Journal that AT&T backed out at the last minute.

In a report from The Wall Street Journal (via Android Central), it has been reported that AT&T has chose to back off on a deal with Huawei, thus potentially delaying Huawei's plans to launch with a United States carrier.

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Huawei is a big player in mobile markets internationally, but the company hasn't been able to get a foothold in the US.

Even without an immediate partner that would help it officially enter the USA market, Huawei will still sell a version of its new Mate 10 Pro smartphone that is unlocked and not tied to a specific carrier, according to a person familiar with the company, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. A deal with AT&T would've helped Huawei get its phones in front of many new consumers.

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While AT&T declined to comment on the matter to WSJ, Huawei told Engadgetthat "Over the past five years Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the US market". Huawei's CES 2018 keynote is happening tomorrow, and it'll be interesting to see what the company has to say.

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