Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Verizon cancels plans to sell Huawei phones in the US

Verizon cancels plans to sell Huawei phones in the US

Obviously, the Mate 10 Pro will still be sold unlocked through third-parties, but it won't work on Verizon's CDMA network. "Everybody knows that in the U.S. market that over 90 percent of smartphones are sold by carrier channels". Earlier this month, AT&T dropped plans to sell Huawei's latest flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro.

A Verizon spokesman declined to comment when contacted by eWEEK on whether such plans were being considered and whether they had been dropped.

Huawei isn't the only Chinese brand that is facing roadblocks in reaching the U.S. market. This is supposedly due to the government's concerns with security risks from China and anticipating the arrival of 5G eventually in the market, having a brand that is closely associated with the Chinese government is risky. The company was making a major push to sell phones into the US this year.

This comes amid reports that the United States government wants to build its own 5G network in order to counter various perceived security threats. No major American carrier uses equipment from Huawei or another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE Corp., in its network.

Huawei devices have also been available in Canada for a number of years, while the company's P10 and P10 Plus devices launched alongside national carriers Bell and Rogers in 2017.

In any case, the reason for why the federal government is so concerned about the devices is the matter of security and privacy.

The original rumors about an AT&T sales channel to USA consumers in 2018 began with comments in December from a Huawei executive who promised additional details at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.

At CES 2018, Huawei CEO Richard Yu reflected on his company's troubles with USA wireless carriers.

The same concerns would apparently be applied to American citizens once the Huawei products hit the USA market en masse.

Still, Verizon's and AT&T's apparent decision to not sell Huawei smartphones doesn't mean you can't buy one.

The relationship between the US government and the Chinese smartphone maker has been complicated for years.

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