AT&T has decided not to carry phones by Chinese smartphone maker Huaawei after concerns about security.
Yet Huawei appeared shut out of the United States six years ago after congressional investigators determined its equipment could be used for spying or crippling the US telecommunications network, the Journal reported.
Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who played the title role in the 2017 Warner Bros. movie "Wonder Woman", is the new celebrity sponsor of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Ms. Gadot will join Huawei's marketing efforts as the company introduces its Mate10 Pro mobile phone to USA market.
Huawei said in a statement on Tuesday that its flagship smartphone Mate 10 Pro - Huawei's challenger to the iPhone - will be sold in the United States only through open channels. But according to The Wall Street Journal, the carrier backed out of the deal without any explanation.
This isn't the first time U.S. politicians have suspected Huawei of being a security threat, though they have never offered proof in public.
In June 2016 Huawei filed a further complaint relating to the same infringement at the Quanzhou Intermediate People's Court, according to Reuters. "Huawei has had that history, and that's been a challenge for them, and it's still a challenge for them now on the smartphone side", the executive said.
The refusal is the latest example of a Chinese company struggling to develop its USA business. "Sometimes that's good for consumers and business; sometimes it is not", the partner said. It said the business deal could make the company's smartphones more common in the USA and put the country at risk if government officials start to use them. During the launch, the consumer CEO Richard Yu said the firm had the "highest standard in privacy and security" and said the carrier deals were a "big loss" for customers, who now have less choice.
The flagship Mate 10 Pro that was to be introduced is Huawei's most high-end product to date, equipped with its own AI-powered chips that Huawei says process data much faster than those used by Apple and Samsung. Yu said 90 percent of all smartphones in the country are sold through telecommunication carriers. Ltd. won a patent lawsuit in China against global leader Samsung, joining worldwide peers using legal means to protect their intellectual property.