Why Won’t AT&T Sell You A Huawei Phone?

National security concerns, or a fear that the government wouldn’t like it, may be at the root of the carrier’s decision not to carry a flagship phone from the world’s third-largest manufacturer.

By Alain StephensJanuary 11, 2018 1:44 pm,

On Wednesday during a keynote address at CES, also known as the Consumer Electronics Show, Richard Yu, CEO of the consumer products division of Huawei, the Chinese phone maker, lamented the recent decision by Texas-based AT&T not to sell its new phone in the U.S. Yu said Americans don’t get to buy most of the products of the world’s third-largest smartphone company because of a lack of trust.  

Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says Huawei’s phone, the Mate 10 Pro, is reputed to be a good one, on par with the Google Pixel 2, or even the Apple iPhone X, but AT&T won’t be selling it, due to concerns that the phone, or apps installed on it, could pose security risks for Americans.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Why AT&T won’t be carrying the Huawei phone

– Why it matters if U.S. carriers don’t sell the phone