HTC Merge visits the FCC, is Verizon-bound
0. phoneArena 03 Mar 2011, 09:46 posted on
Seems like the HTC Merge is to be released soon, as the phone visited the FCC and has earned the feds' approval mark...
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3. JamesTG (unregistered)
I heard that it's not a 4G device.
6. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I read, a while back, that the reason for delay is because they are trying to fit it with an LTE radio.
10. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)
There's no 4G radio in it. If you look through the documents on the FCC's site (user manual and internal pictures) you can see that it's definitely global but just GSM/UMTS not LTE.
2. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I know plenty of people who are waiting for a QWERTY Android - that are not satisfied with the keyboards of the Motorola Droid/Droid 2. I wonder how this would stack up against the upcoming HTC Trophy... I think engadget rated 5 different phones for "best keyboard" and came up with the HTC 7 Pro (Arrive).
Seems like WP7 will be coming out with a few models with exceptional keyboards as well.
4. snowgator (Posts: 3558; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am guessing this is an Android, right?
5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It is going to be the Verizon version of the HTC Desire Z. T-Mobile has the G2, which is just the Z without Sense, and Sprint has the Evo Shift 4G.
7. Rob C (unregistered)
I've been waiting on this phone. I'm not into all of the 4.3" screens and I'd like a hardware keyboard as when I'm playing games or typing I just don't like looking at the back of my fingers (unless someone comes out with a cloaking glove).
If there is no LTE in this I think I'll survive like I have for years before.
14. newfdog 13 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
I agree, phones are getting too big. I like the unit, but would also like to see the same unit without the keyboard. I do need a global capability and would like to stick to an HTC device.
8. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Those waiting for an LTE device with a keyboard should wait for the Droid 3. This will be a midrange offering (and hopefully priced to sell).
I just wish that Verizon manual didn't still say Bing search.
9. manonthemoon528 (unregistered)
But the question is, if it isn't 4G, then why would it have shown up at an LTE demo?
11. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)
As the article says it's likely just a 3G that a rep at the demo was using it as their personal (comp) phone since they get to be the guinea pigs for the new devices a lot of the time.
12. jdk26 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
It's U.S. Cellular bound. As it's a phone that's currently under going testing for that carrier
13. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Maybe headed for Verizon, Alltel and US Cellular like the LG Ally/Apex/Axis triplets?