Xiaomi In Talks With US Carriers For Smartphone Sales

Given how cheap Xiaomi and Huawei phones can be when compared to Apple, Samsung and LG, it'll be interesting to see how the market shifts after these two companies enter the USA smartphone space.

Prior to the release of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus in Canada, reports had emerged suggesting that the Chinese OEM had plans to start selling its devices via AT&T, the second largest carrier in the U.S. At the time, it was a little too late for the P10 to make its debut in the country, but it is now emerging that 2018 will be the year Huawei makes its grand entry in the U.S. The sources said both companies are negotiating with the likes of AT&T Inc. Talks are still fluid and it's possible no agreements will materialize, they said. In years past, it's been insulated from competition by strong support from carriers, which used to subsidize its expensive iPhones and lowered the upfront price for customers. Unfortunately, with more and more players entering the market, these subsidies and discounts have slowly withered away, as carriers moved to phone financing that spreads costs over two years.

Huawei and Xiaomi both offer Android-based smartphones. Huawei is in talks to sell a flagship line via US carriers, but the Chinese company also plans to sell the Mate 10 device through e-commerce channels, the people said.

Xiaomi is one of the fastest-growing technology companies today, making its presence felt in developing markets like India by making feature-rich smartphones available at an aggressive price point.

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Xiaomi says it hasn't rushed into the USA is that it doesn't want to disappoint the fans it does have there. It's been reported that each of the top smartphone manufacturers underneath Samsung will gain ground and ramp up the number of their units sold in 2018.

The Chinese handset makers are targeting the US market at an opportune time. Chinese rivals often sell phones far cheaper. Apparently, Huawei will kick off its US campaign with the launch of Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro at the upcoming CES 2018.

The U.S. phone market is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics Co.

That's why Xiaomi needs to strike a deal with one or more of the country's largest carriers. That includes Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi which are all expected to raise their market share in the coming year.

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