HTC Merge for Big Red Finally Launching, But Verizon Isn’t Selling It

The HTC Merge has been one interesting phone. No, not because anything with the hardware or software is unique. But because it has been in the works for the longest and Verizon seemingly wants nothing to do with it. After countless leaks telling of its existence, HTC officially announced the thing but Verizon had no interest in putting their name into the mix. Their subsidiary Alltel Wireless ended up launching it and other competitors got their hands on it, as well.

And now reports have flown in saying a Verizon-branded version is finally set to launch, but Verizon themselves are electing not to sell it. Instead, retailers can buy it from them and advertise/sell/activate it for legal use on the network. Many have said that the HTC Merge is way too little, way too late and it seems Verizon agrees. Looks like they’ll be moving on to bigger and better things, like actually launching their second 4G phone. [Droid-Life]

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  • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

    What’s wrong with offering a solid Mid Range device for people to choose from. Maybe people would buy these types of phones if the OEMs would update them properly and in a timely manner.

    • https://plus.google.com/102290060063255149992 Alek Tritt

      All other phones from the vision line are being updated properly. The G2 and DZ have 2.3 rolling out very soon. I don’t know about the Evo Shift, but I am assuming it’s sprint’s deal.

      • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

        But this device has been finished for so long its shipping with the older version of Sense. Verizon took to long on this. They would have had OG Droid success if they released this phone last Oct.

  • http://www.techofweb.com I am Atul

    Dear Team ..Pls see your TweetMeMe settings Your twitter name is not displayed while tweeting ur posts

    • NukkaYarrell

      quit whining bitch boy.

  • https://plus.google.com/102290060063255149992 Alek Tritt

    All Verizon phones aside from the Original Droid are too little too late.

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      The Incredible was pretty beastly in its time, but I feel what you’re saying.

  • Raysanidiot

    Alek Twat: the positive side is, they have multiple dual cores, confirmed coming, thenonly TRUE 4G, and unlike the service that you have, they actually get service, have data services in 97% of the US, and did I mention they are the best? Can you hear ME NOW?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cris-Tate/1820221201 Cris Tate

      No one has “true” 4g. As far as the actual specs for a 4g network are concerned the speeds must be at 100mb, and no one even comes close to that. Any carrier claiming 4g right now is just a marketing ploy.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks


    the HTC Merge is way too little, way too late and it seems Verizon agrees”

    “Way too little, way too late” should be Verizon’s motto. I’m not sure why this phone was the exception. They could’ve launched it along with the Incredible 2, which isn’t even remotely incredible.

  • http://bamaredwingsfan.blogspot.com/ JH

    Hopefully this phone won’t be an abortion of a phone like the LG Ally