Huawei Boosts Goal of Outselling iPhone as AT&T Agrees to Carry Its Upcoming Flagship

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T has tentatively agreed to sell a flagship smartphone made by Chinese company Huawei, according to The Information.


    The report, citing people familiar with the matter, said the device AT&T carries may resemble Huawei's upcoming Mate 10 smartphone, a new high-end model that the company is rumored to unveil in Europe this October. However, the smartphone could have a different name in the United States.
    The partnership would be a major win for Huawei, already the world's third largest smartphone maker by market share.

    Huawei is the most popular smartphone maker in China, and it has aggressively pushed into Canada and several European countries, but it has considerably less brand awareness in the United States, where it lacks agreements with the big four carriers Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and until now, AT&T.

    American customers have to resort to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, or Amazon to purchase a Huawei smartphone, reducing the brand's visibility in a country where Apple and Samsung reign supreme.

    Huawei's reputation also suffered when it was banned from selling network equipment in the United States. In 2012, citing a risk to national security, a U.S. congressional report raised concerns that Huawei could build backdoors in their equipment to leak sensitive information from the U.S. to China.

    Huawei has denied those claims, and the company has expressed hope that the ban will eventually be lifted. Of note, the ban doesn't appear to affect Huawei's ability to sell smartphones in the United States.

    A deal with AT&T could help Huawei achieve its lofty goal of becoming the world's largest smartphone maker by 2021, a feat that would require leapfrogging both Apple and Samsung in sales.

    Huawei shipped an estimated 38.4 million smartphones in the June quarter, a 20 percent increase over a year ago, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. By comparison, Apple reported it sold 41 million iPhones in the same period, up nearly 2 percent from the year-ago quarter.

    "Huawei is now closing in fast on Apple and Apple will be looking nervously over its shoulder in the next few quarters," said Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Huawei is outperforming across Asia, Europe and Africa with popular Android models such as the P10 and Mate 9."

    Huawei held just 1 percent market share in the United States as of the first quarter, according to research firm IDC.

    Article Link: Huawei Boosts Goal of Outselling iPhone as AT&T Agrees to Carry Its Upcoming Flagship
  2. rpat701 macrumors member

    May 25, 2016
    Would LOVE to have this phone on Verizon.
  3. Hiran macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
  4. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Good, they sell it with the carriers, at carrier prices and with carrier margins, people buy them and see how “good” they are.
  5. OverSpun macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2006
  6. KazKam macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2011
    Huawei is no more competition for the iPhone than Samsung or LG... it's just another Android phone manufacturer.

    It IS competition for other Android manufacturers. In the US at least, most of the dust has settled and you're either in the iPhone camp or the Android camp. iPhone users aren't going to switch to Huawei phones any more than they are to Samsung phones. They might, however, switch to Huawei from Samsung.
  7. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Maybe you don't care about Huawei, but they are a direct competitor for Apple, especially in the Chinese market, where Apple has not been able to get a significant market share.
  8. MLVC macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2015
  9. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    So is AT&T hoping to repeat history here? They gambled in the iPhone when most wouldn't and it worked out well for them. I don't foresee that happening again with any phone.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don't think it's about caring as much as it is acknowledging where Huwaei is entering U.S. carrier markets. It will take a lot of headway to make competition against Apple and Samsung, but nonetheless, any competition is good. And it gives the consumer more options.
  11. arkitect macrumors 601


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    This is all very reminiscent of a certain Steve Balmer a decade or so ago.
    "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody."

    Never be complacent about your competition. Yes, Huawei is competition.
    Belittling their products is not a wise way of engaging.

    Apple were the underdog once. Things change.
  12. VanillaCracker macrumors 68030


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Ouch, this is a big deal. One of Huawei's issues was lack of penetration with US carriers. Their Nexus 6P device was supreme, and they are doing very well in China due to high quality and relatively low cost.

    So that pretty much means this marks a change where they can now freely enter the market of mediocre US android devices and start to dominate quickly.
  13. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  14. whyamihere macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2008
    I don't see the vast majority of Americans who can't even pronounce Huawei purchasing this over the many other more recognizable options.
  15. WWPD macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2015
  16. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    The problem for AT&T is the service is crappy. When AT&T first added the iPhone they had the best service.
  17. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    Heck, when they came out with the first iPhone they didn't even qualify as an underdog, they didn't even have a dog in the race and then they were out the gate...

  18. UL2RA macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2017
    So you don't like the Chinese-made iPhone?
  19. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    But if they beat Apple and force Apple out of the market, where will they get their designs from?
  20. MLVC macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2015
    It's another Android phone, it would be true competitor if it ran iOS.
  21. RealKrS macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
  22. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    AT&T are fools along with anyone that buys this or supports made over there, they were caught with back doors! All of them!
  23. WWPD macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2015
    It's not about being made in China, it's about a Chinese company potentially having access to my data.
  24. cmaier macrumors G3

    Jul 25, 2007
    Since when does Apple care about significant market share? They're content with 90% of the global PROFIT share.
  25. imola.zhp macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2010
    Mud Island (Memphis), TN
    Competition is good for everyone, I wish them well!

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