In some alternate universe the HTC Merge was release on Verizon last year. Every once in a while flashes of that universe appear in our own. For example, see the above screen capture of the Merge on Verizon’s site tucked away in a section about free text alerts.
OK, so the alternate universe explanation is a bit far-fetched, but it’s the best one I can think of as to why the Merge has existed in launch limbo for so long. The phone has since found a home on Alltel and Cellular South, but is there still hope for it on Verizon? At this point we are more interested in the answer than the handset itself.