This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but it turns out Verizon also will not be carrying the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. We were all eagerly expecting Huawei to drop their flagship device in 2018 with full carrier support in the US, but after pressure from the US government, AT&T backed out of the deal just before CES 2018. Verizon is now following suit.
And, really, you should’ve expected that. If AT&T wasn’t willing to buck the US government’s recommendation to not carry the device, there was pretty much no chance that Verizon was going against the grain to carry the Chinese OEM’s latest and greatest.
All of this blowback is legitimately really unfortunate for Huawei, and there’s no good way for us to know if it was warranted or not. The company has struggled to break into the US smartphone market despite holding a commanding share of the global market, and the stigma around Chinese spying has consistently dogged their efforts.
While it won’t help Huawei become a true competitor to Apple or Samsung in the US, you can always buy the phone directly without the carrier if you absolutely want one. And hey, at least this one’s not sending your clipboard information over to China.