The HTC Merge, the smartphone that can safely be called the CDMA version of the HTC Desire Z, has had an interesting story so far. Information about it has leaked starting from last year, and it was apparently headed to Verizon. While you can now get it on Verizon, you still can’t get it directly from Big Red, only from third party retailers. And in the meantime, the device has showed up at Alltel as well as Cellular South, and we heard that US Cellular was going to release it on April 29.
While that hasn’t happened, US Cellular will launch the HTC Merge, and pretty soon – on May 31, according to Android Central, which has received some leaked internal documents saying as much.
The device will cost $249.99 before a $100 mail-in rebate, which means that if you do take advantage of the rebate, the Merge will only cost you $149.99. That price obviously includes the requirement for you to sign a new two-year contract.
As you can see above, PocketNow has managed to obtain the official press shots for the US Cellular version of the HTC Merge. That also comes to confirm that the release date has to be near. So, unless something changes at the last minute, it’s probably safe to assume that you only have about a week of waiting to do if you’d like to get yourself an HTC Merge on US Cellular.
The HTC Merge has an 800 MHz processor, a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a full physical side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS.
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