"US customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", it said in a statement. "The U.S. market presents unique challenges for Huawei, and while the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by U.S. carriers, we remain committed to this market now and in the future", it said in a statement.
Huawei appears to be committed to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the USA, but through the open channel. Now that this deal has fallen through, the Mate 10 Pro will only be available through online retailers such as Amazon and some brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy.
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 CES 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which opened in Las Vegas on January 8. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.
So far there is no sign that Huawei is trying to strike a handset sales deal with any of the other major USA mobile carriers, such as T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint.
The AT&T deal died a few weeks after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the Federal Communications Commission raising concerns about reports that Huawei had struck a deal with a major telecommunications carrier.
Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T to distribute its phones in the United States this year, said the people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified as the talks were private.
Now that its deal with AT&T has been scrapped, it seems that Verizon is under similar pressure to cut ties with the Chinese OEM.
U.S. 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. Members of the Senate and the House intelligence committees actually sent out a letter on December 20 to the FCC raising concerns over Huawei's alleged ties to the Chinese government and its intelligence and security services.
Huawei has long raised concerns from Congress such as when, in 2012, USA investigators alleged that their telecommunications equipment could be used for spying by Chinese authorities.