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HTC says the Merge will be released this Spring

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HTC says the Merge will be released this Spring
What ever happened to Baby Jane? Or in this case, what ever happened to the HTC Merge? It seems like nearly an eternity ago, August of last year, when we first got word of the new HTC Android smartphone that was to be headed to Verizon. Over the past six months, we learned that it was an Android powered smartphone and would feature a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and would also come with Bing integration. Furthermore, the device was shown to have a Verizon/Vodafone SIM card, which makes it seem to be a global-roaming device, but then word came out that it could be featuring Verizon's 4G LTE.

Now we're hearing from HTC directly about the Merge, saying that it will be "made available through multiple North American carriers beginning in spring 2011." Notice that Verizon Wireless isn't mentioned at all, and the Verizon logo has been removed from the front of the device in the PR image, though that still doesn't rule-out Verizon carrying it. The Press Release continues to tout it running Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC Sense user interface, has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.8" 480x800 resolution capacitive display, and a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. Unfortunately, LTE is nowhere to be found, but it does state that the Merge will be a CDMA world phone, though it doesn't mention which GSM bands it will work with while in other countries.

At this point we can say the HTC Merge is well over-due, expectantly with the HTC Thunderbolt 4G due out in the next week or so.
Are you still interested in buying the HTC Merge? Let us know in the Comment section below.

source: PRNewsWire

HTC says the Merge will be released this Spring
HTC says the Merge will be released this Spring

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posted on 25 Feb 2011, 15:17

1. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)

yeah I really wanted this phones! I love the design and keyboard. but its a little too late now. If it was released on ATT I might still consider getting it. But since its CDMA I doubt that will happen. Sad, I think a lot of people would get this phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 17:23

5. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Well it says the phone will be going to multiple carriers so there's a chance it will be heading to AT&T

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 19:43 1

6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

it's likely heading in some form or another to AT&T and Verizon being that HTC already has variants on T-Mobile and Sprint in the forms of the G2 and the EVO Shift.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 20:58 1

8. Robert7382 (unregistered)

Sadly, it wont be released on AT&T or T-Mobile because it is a CDMA only device which means it wont be functional with AT&T/T-Mobiles GSM technology (sim cards)

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 22:51 1

9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i know that, what i meant was i'm sure the same thing will come to AT&T WITH their GSM bands.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 15:53 2

2. Elisha (unregistered)

I have been drooling over this phone since I saw thae specs back in November. Happy to see that it is finally going to drop on Verizon, I am overdue for a upgrade, and have been holding out and holding on to my Motorola Droid A855 in hopes of getting this phone. Now it looks like its going to be real that we have it soon!!! Cant wait!!!

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 16:35 1

3. newfdog 13 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

I wanted this when it was 'supposed' to be a world phone from Verizon. Now what the heck is it? Verizon or not? GSM or CDMA or both? This phone will be scrapped like the HTC Eris by the time it's released. What a shame. Come on Verizon give me an HTC Android phone I can travel with. I don't want a Crackberry, and the iPhone doesn't work on both systems either.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 16:51

4. jkeskel (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 May 2009)

It is gonna be both GSM and CDMA, as stated above. As far as global-capable Droids, there's the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 06:36 1

12. newfdog 13 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

Don't want a Motorola, prefer HTC and Sense interface

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 20:14 1

7. asdf (unregistered)

too little too late with this one. i was really excited for this phone at the end of last year but there's just too many newer, dual core, 4g phones coming out soon. htc is really screwing up thei execution with their "new" phones this year. so much so that LG and Motorola are becoming viable candidates again for most people.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 01:02

10. wpdude (unregistered)

It looks like a black version of the G2, from T-Mobile. It's the qwerty board, and 4G.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 01:13 1

11. wpdude (unregistered)

It looks like a black version of the G2, from T-Mobile. It's the qwerty board, and 4G.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 11:56

13. RobC (unregistered)

The phone may not say Verizon on it... but that seems to be Verizon's notification bar.

I've been looking forward to this phone. I've wanted a physical QWERTY because I'm not partial to looking at the back of my fingers when I type or play games. Also, was interested in the screen size... I have a 3.2" Eris (that also happens to be running Gingerbread) and would like to upgrade on my screen real estate. Coworkers of mine have 4' and 4.3' displays and I just find them to be too large. 3.8" sounds like a sweet spot for me.

I might even overlook the fact that Verizon seems to have gimped this phone in favor of the Thunderbolt.

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 16:22

14. Ron J (unregistered)

I swear this looks like my G2 sans the optical joystick (and hopefully sans the Rooted stock android build). Just gave it a black paint job, HTC Sense. I like though. I always wondered what would make them.

posted on 27 Feb 2011, 08:52

15. BIG T (unregistered)


posted on 27 Feb 2011, 09:57

16. Me (unregistered)

Thanks for yelling at all of us.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 00:37

17. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)

peel your eyes open people. the phone has the verizon logo right on it!

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 07:34 1

18. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

They're referring to the PR image on the left. The Verizon branded one on the right is an older spy photo

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