Thought to be a third party relic, Verizon's HTC Merge shows up in Xmas ad

Thought to be a third party relic, Verizon's HTC Merge shows up in Xmas ad
You might remember the HTC Merge that was supposed to launch on Verizon sometime last year. Originally discovered on Verizon's inventory system in August 2010, a picture of the device appeared the next month with the Bing search app instead of Google. Also called the HTC Lexicon, the World Phone was put through some benchmark tests where it scored a number of 1497 on the Quadrant Benchmark test, topping the score on the Nexus One running a similarly installed Android 2.2. Eventually, the device was expected to launch on November 11th 2010, which never happened. Instead, the phone became available for regional carriers Alltel (April 7, 2011) and  U.S. Cellular (June 1st, 2011) earlier this year.

The long forgotten Verizon version of the HTC Merge appears in a local holiday ad

The long forgotten Verizon version of the HTC Merge appears in a local holiday ad

Compared to today's dual-core smartphones, the HTC Merge is not a high spec'd device. With a single-core 800MHz processor (Qualcomm MSM7630) and 512MB of RAM, the phone was equipped with a 3.8 inch screen offering resolution of 480 x 800. HTC Sense runs on top of Android 2.2 and a 5MP camera on back captures video at 720p. For those who like the feel of a physical  keyboard, the HTC Merge also has a side-sliding QWERTY. 2GB of native storage can be expanded using the microSD slot on the device.

What brings back the name of Verizon's HTC Merge is a curious holiday ad in the local Greensboro, North Carolina newspaper. The ad, for Big Red, shows a pyramind of handsets with the Verizon variant of the Merge on the bottom, priced at $49.99 with a 2-year contract. If you really, really want this rare unicorn of a Verizon phone, you can buy one and get two free! Of course, you might need to unload the extra 2 units to make back some of your airfare to Greensboro and back home.

source: AndroidCentral

 
Buy one Verizon HTC Merge and get two more for free

Buy one Verizon HTC Merge and get two more for free


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Merge
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB
  • Battery 1400 mAh

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12 Comments

1. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

wheres my nexus dammit!!

2. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Chilling with a unicorn and the tooth fairy?

4. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I quit on the nexus and bought the razr today. Razr looks nicer and ill get a new phone in a year anyways

5. kemjus

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Most retailers have the nexus in stock already... I messed around with one today, it's beautiful. Although the razr is a great choice too! Nexus will be out before christmas forsure.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

3 merges for $50 plus $100 off mailer. So 3 merges for free. Sold for $100 a piece=$300 for the nexus. So free nexus if you can find a buyer for the merges. Maybe a cellphone buyback program?

6. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I would assume each phone would need a 2 year contract. That would put those 3 free phones in your hands for about $195 per month.

9. TGreg104

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

- Buy three Merges - Send in for $100 off mailer - Sell for $100 - Buy Nexus - ??? - Profit

7. HTCSAMMYGOOGLE

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

on vzw website if you search for HTC Merge ADR6325 you get some tips for it!!! Its coming out soon i guess?

8. bohannibal

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2009

I just want my nexus I don't trust HTC that thunderbolt was the last htc phone I will ever buy

10. southerndude84

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

The HTC Rezound is a really good device... Battery is awesome.. which shocks me... the beats tech is really nice also... I didnt want another HTC either but i was beyond fed up with my Droid Charge.. Im waiting on the Droid Razr... Then one of the 2 will end up on eBay... LoL..

11. bohannibal

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2009

i have a pair of studio beats by Dre that sounds great on any device so I never even looked at the rezound I just want a 100% Android phone no manufacturer UI just Android

12. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Okay seriously? Just say Christmas! that is what it is called. . . No one even says Xmas, like seriously, what's that even supposed to mean?

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