Verizon may have cancelled the HTC Merge, Alltel could launch it

The Android-based HTC Merge has curiously disappeared from the news lately.

Some users have hoped that the handset would be announced by Verizon at CES 2011, but that obviously didn’t happen (the only new HTC smartphone presented by the carrier at CES was the Thunderbolt).

So, what happened to the Merge after all?

It’s not clear yet, but Droid-life reports that it may have been cancelled by Verizon. However, Alltel (which, of course, is owned by Verizon) could launch the Merge as early as next month – and the photo below can be taken as some sort of proof that the handset is headed to Alltel.

Sure enough, the Merge may also hit Verizon sometime later this year – there have been some rumors suggesting that its launch is delayed because HTC wants to put an LTE radio in it. We’ll bring new details on this as soon as we have them.

Author: Florin

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  • Alltel_Survivor

    Verizon does not own Alltel, it only acquired the majority of Alltel. The merger was approved by the FCC on the condition that Verizon divest 105 Alltel markets. AT&T aquired 79 of those markets. Atlantic Tele-Network acquired the remaining 26 divested Alltel markets, including licenses, network assets and 800,000 subscribers. These remaining markets continue to be operated by Allied Wireless, a subsidiary of ATN, under the Alltel name.