Had the deal been announced, it would have been Huawei's first with a major USA mobile vendor. According to the latest reports, AT&T has actually moved away from the deal just before the official announcement. It does not state why AT&T nixed the carrier deal with Huawei, and neither AT&T nor Huawei would comment on the WSJ's report.
Rumors have been brewing for some time now that Chinese phone maker Huawei will officially make its Mate 10 Pro flagship available in the United States through USA carriers. But since then, Huawei's network equipment has been anathema to U.S. carriers and the company has had trouble finding a foothold for its phones at carriers, which control the vast majority of United States phone sales. With no launch, that plan could change, too, meaning Huawei's hopes of really penetrating the U.S. market could be on hold. It came under scrutiny from Congress in 2012 about potentially spying for the Chinese government, which it denies vehemently. ZTE did that, and Huawei didn't. At the ongoing CES 2018, the company is set to launch the flagship Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the U.S market. The Mate 10 Pro as well as Huawei's other phones will only be available as unlocked devices from various online stores like Amazon and from Huawei's own online store.
We reached out for comment and got the following boilerplate response: "Over the past five years Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the USA market. US consumers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", the company said in a statement provided to Reuters.