Huawei loses another carrier deal as spying fears impede its US growth [telecom]

Following AT&T's lead, now Verizon has dropped plans to sell the Chinese phones.

By Peter Bright

Huawei is the world's third biggest smartphone company - behind Samsung and Apple - and sells phones across the globe. But the Chinese company is virtually unknown in the US. Allegations of stolen intellectual property and spying have dogged Huawei, impeding its efforts to expand its US reach.

Earlier this month, "political pressure" was reported to have derailed an agreement between Huawei and AT&T that would have seen the carrier selling the smartphone company's hardware. Bloomberg is now reporting that Verizon, too, has dropped its plans to sell Huawei phones, including the new Mate 10 Pro. Huawei will still sell phones directly to consumers, and they'll work on US networks. But without the promotion and subsidy that carrier partnerships offer, significant sales volumes are unlikely.

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