The HTC Merge is Verizon, Alltel, and US Cellular's version of the Desire Z, but it's been a bumpy ride from rumored to store shelves. It was finally available via smaller carriers as early as May 2011 after HTC officially announced its existence. The biggest carrier to adopt it, Verizon, finally decided to officially carry it, but didn't advertise it or have it on store shelves.
Instead, they left it up to third party retailers, namely Best Buy, to offer the device on Verizon's network if the customer wanted it. Many are saying the Merge was too little, too late up against a new wave of powerful smartphones, but the Merge is still a decent buy if you need a solid phone with a QWERTY keyboard. Other specs include a 3.7 inch TFT-LCD display, HTC Sense, an 800Mhz processor, a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 512 MB and more.
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