(APPL) in the USA after comfortably beating the iPhone maker in their home market, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The carriers could start selling Huawei and Xiaomi's Android smartphones on Apple's turf as early as next year, sources told Bloomberg. The sources said both companies are negotiating with the likes of AT&T Inc.
Huawei has already tried selling its flagship Mate 9 phone in the USA via e-commerce websites like Amazon.com, but working directly with wireless partners would give China's No. 1 phone maker a wider presence across the US through retail stores, carrier websites and TV commercials.
Apple has had a lot of support from USA carriers which has allowed the tech giant to materialize this support towards its loyal customer base.
It is not just Huawei that wants to enter the US; the latest report amongst people close to this information claim that even Xiaomi is negotiating agreements with carriers in a bid to enter this market.
Xiaomi executive Wang Xiang said the firm aims to roll out phones in the USA within two years, but noted that the process of working through specifications with each carrier is time consuming. Without discounts from carriers, consumers are now having to pay the full price for the iPhone X. While Apple's latest flagship model retails for over $1,000, Chinese rivals sell handsets at much more affordable prices. Devices like the Honor 8, Mate 9, and the new Honor V10 and 7X have all been sold on online retail stores like Amazon and Best Buy. According to Bloomberg, the two smartphone makers are now in talks with AT&T and Verizon Wireless to sell phones stateside.
Apple considers China one of its most important markets, yet sales have fallen there in recent years.
If Huawei and Xiaomi are successful in their negotiations, they will suddenly find themselves in an ideal position to challenge Apple and Samsung Electronics Co.
Apple iPhones could see competition from Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi in its home market, according to a Bloomberg report.
Still, that represents some improvement.