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US Cellular Prepares To Launch The HTC Merge & LG Genesis

US Cellular, one of the nation’s larger regional carriers, is set to add more Android to their roster of phones for their customers.

Starting today US Cellular is selling the HTC Merge for just $149.99 with a $100 mail in rebate.  The HTC Merge was at one time a highly anticipated Android device. In fact back on August 5th 2010 we broke the news of the HTC Merge with photos that our friends at Androidswag had uncovered.   It took forever for the HTC Merge to come to retail and it was surpassed by a number of good HTC hardware.

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U.S. Cellular Getting The Merge

U.S. Cellular is yet again getting another Android device. This time it is the HTC Merge.

HTC had already said that the Merge would be available on several carriers and U.S. Cellular will be one of those. The device is already available on Alltel and is also due for release on Verizon at some point in the future. Plus with it being a GSM/CDMA device we could also be seeing the Merge show up on AT&T or T-Mobile in the future.  (more…)

Verizon HTC Merge is Close, Accessories Hitting Stores Now

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Android Central has obtained photos of a Body Glove HTC Merge snap-on cover.

As you may know Body Glove has been one of the few 3rd party accessory vendors whose products are sold in Verizon Corporate stores.  This is definitely a genuine photo.

The HTC Merge was rumored to hit on November 18th by AndroidHeadlines.com, however that didn’t pan out. Typically Verizon’s window from receiving accessories and dummy phones for a new device is between 2 and 4 weeks.

This phone was originally leaked on August 4th by Aaron Kasten of AndroidSwag.com to TheDroidGuy.com and AndroidGuys.com, so its been a long time coming.  With the cases showing up in stores and not just inventory sheets, its looking like the HTC Merge might just make the holiday season after all.

Source: Android Central

EXCLUSIVE: Verizon HTC Merge is Coming Bing is Default..

I feel like singing “oh where oh where could my google search  be, Verizon took it away from me”

Originally reported in an RUU dump by Androidcentral.com, it is again confirmed that the new HTC Merge on Verizon will come out with Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. Verizon confirmed to thedroidguy.com last night that Verizon wanted to give customers a choice when it came to searching. So, we asked about the upcoming Windows Mobile devices, will they put Google Search on those devices, to which they replied customers can go to google.com from any device.

You may remember this story where Verizon and Microsoft denied through a statement saying Microsoft’s Bing wasn’t an “Exclusive” deal however that just means we can wait years and years and if in 2020 they decide to restore Google, than the statement isnt a flat out blowoff right?

We have confirmed through good reliable sources that at least the next 3 devices the Samsung I400, The LG Vortex and The HTC merge are all Android devices and in fact all using Bing as a default. The photo is a genuine screen shot from the HTC Merge running Sense UI with Bing as the default.

It is worthy to note in Android 2.2 you can download the complete google suite including search from market but the default widget buttons still go to Bing.