After AT&T recently decided not to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Verizon has reportedly scrapped plans to carry the latest Huawei flagship as well. Verizon declined to comment, and Huawei did not immediately respond.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has been facing a hard time since the company was accused of user data spying back in 2012. It's believed that the carriers have faced government pressure to not sell Huawei smartphones over Chinese spying concerns. While Huawei sells unlocked phones that can still work on Verizon and AT&T networks, having its phones sold by a major USA carrier would have allowed it to reach more consumers than before and raise its reputation in the US.
Earlier speculation claimed that US lawmakers were anxious about the potential ties Huawei might have with the Chinese government. But the news comes as the Trump administration is considering a preliminary proposal to build a nationalized 5G network as a way to thwart Chinese spying. The committee's bipartisan report recommended that American companies should be barred from buying equipment from Huawei and ZTE.More news: Taylor Swift Set to Headline Biggest Weekend
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Phones are just the latest lightning rod for a much broader conflict between the US and China that dates back more than a decade. AT&T and Verizon have both been planning to launch 5G networks this year.
Huawei is not the only company which is being abandoned by the U.S. carriers.
Huawei is one of the most prominent smartphone manufacturers in the world.
A day after AT&T's decision was made public by media reports, Huawei's consumer products CEO Richard Yu shared his reaction during a CES keynote. Apparently, that stems from Huawei's work in 5G technology. Unfortunately, that didn't pan out, and reports are that the US government would like very much for AT&T to cut all ties with the smartphone manufacturer. After the company faced a deal gone dead from AT&T, they are now facing another defeat at the hands of Verizon.