Huawei and Xiaomi Could Get Major Boost in United States With AT&T and Verizon Sales Partnerships

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi are reportedly in discussions with carriers AT&T and Verizon, who may begin selling each company's flagship Android smartphones in the United States as early as next year.


The negotiations are still in progress, and it's possible no final agreements will materialize, according to Bloomberg News.

The news echoes an earlier report from The Information that claimed AT&T has tentatively agreed to sell at least one Huawei smartphone, which was believed to be a high-end model resembling the company's flagship Mate 10 handset.

A partnership with AT&T and/or Verizon would be a major win for Huawei, already the world's third largest smartphone maker by market share behind Samsung and Apple, which dominate the smartphone market in the United States.

Huawei is the most popular smartphone maker in China, and it has aggressively pushed into Europe and Canada, but it has considerably less brand awareness in the United States since no major carriers sell its smartphones in the country. American customers currently have to resort to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, or Amazon to purchase a Huawei smartphone.

If it wants to achieve its lofty goal of becoming the largest smartphone maker in the entire world by 2021, Huawei will almost certainly have to secure these types of agreements with AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers.

Huawei remained in third place with an estimated 39.1 million smartphone shipments worldwide last quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, while Apple reported sales of 46.7 million iPhones over that period. In the United States, Huawei held just a 0.2 percent share of the smartphone market as of June 2017, according to Counterpoint Research.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi said it aims to roll out smartphones in the United States within two years. Xiaomi is also considering opening retail stores in the country to increase its brand presence, according to the report.

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26 months ago
It seems that Samsung and LG would be the primary targets. How many people really switch between iOS and Android anymore?
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26 months ago
LOL...good luck.
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26 months ago
It's the software, stupid!

Nice hardware is nice, but I'd be willing to wager what actually keeps iPhone users on iPhones is iOS and the Apple ecosystem.

Please stop writing these articles with headlines insinuating there's some rivalry between Apple and these particular manufacturers of Android smartphones. Nothing about these particular Android phones makes them any more or less competition for iPhones than any other Android smartphones. They are competition for Samsung far more than for Apple.
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26 months ago
Yeah, no thanks. Hard pass on any Chinese smartphone maker.
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26 months ago

Yeah, no thanks. Hard pass on any Chinese smartphone maker.

Like the iPhone is manufactured in USA.
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26 months ago

Both ecosystems are refined now. My point is that most people are heavily “invested” in one or the other. Most people don’t want to have to download/buy all new apps, learn a different UI, buy new accessories in one fell swoop.


That makes no sense.

Buy that new iPhone and you need to buy new accessories (Screen protector, case) and maybe dongles. And those are quite expensive. I buy USB-C cables cheap from Monoprice for my phone needs.

Upgrade to that new OS and you need to learn a new UI. How many times has Apple changed/ruined Notification center in the past 2 years? How much has iOS changed in that time too?

Most of the apps people use daily are available for both platforms. Facebook is the same, Office is there, banking apps, etc.
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26 months ago
They're both very good Chinese brands. My Mi 3 still works well after 3.5 years. Still smooth. I just don't like their iTunes-like PC Suites. And if Verizon or AT&T who are both control freaks, we know their phones will end up getting branded and with bloat.

EMUI and MIUI are heavily customized as is. Another Chinese custom ROM to deal with. So you will end up bloat from three brands. The OEM, the carrier, and Google's. Better off in the longer run sticking to a Pixel, Essential, or OnePlus.
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26 months ago

Nice hardware is nice, but I'd be willing to wager what actually keeps iPhone users on iPhones is iOS and the Apple ecosystem.


While this has been true in the past - at least for me - I am starting to look at non-Apple hardware specifically because I have been disappointed in what seems to be a sustained downward trend quality-wise in Apple's software, and a move away from what I want to see in Apple's hardware.

I'm still a couple years away from replacing either my iPhone or my MacBook Pro... but it's no longer a lock that either will be replace by a newer Apple device.
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26 months ago

It's the software, stupid!

Nice hardware is nice, but I'd be willing to wager what actually keeps iPhone users on iPhones is iOS and the Apple ecosystem.

Please stop writing these articles with headlines insinuating there's some rivalry between Apple and these particular manufacturers of Android smartphones. Nothing about these particular Android phones makes them any more or less competition for iPhones than any other Android smartphones. They are competition for Samsung far more than for Apple.


I think Android beats iPhone on both Software(customisation, True Multitasking, file operations, , Google Assistance etc...) and Hardware(RAM, bigger displays, expandable storage).

IPhone beats Android on committed user base with iOS ecosystem & probably security system.

With career subsidies vanishing, more and more people might actually considering the switch. Moving from $850-900 iPhone 7 plus to $1000 Samsung Note 8 may not be a good option but trying out something at $450 with similar spec and better software may not be a bad option.
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26 months ago
Hmmm I hope they copy Apple in terms of their names too. Something tells me people in the US will have a hard time saying Xiaomi and Huawei.
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