CTIA 2011 is coming to a close today and today Alltel took the opportunity to be the first North American carrier to offer the HTC Merge.  It’s an Android 2.2 powered smartphone with a 3.8-inch 800×480 touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera with the ability to capture 720p video, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, compass, G-sensor, proximity sensor and GPS.

Unfortunately, Alltel was ultra remiss and only included the above info in their press release.  Why is a damn good question and a frustrating one nonetheless. However, we do know that it will go up for preorder March 28th and arrive in store on April 7th for $124.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a 2-year contract.

Update: We just got the official spec list.  It includes an 800Mhz Qualcomm MSM 7630 processor, 2GB of built-in storage expandable by microSD card slot (8GB included), 512mb of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G world capable and a 1400mAh battery.

Alltel Wireless launches Android-powered HTC Merge™
Full featured smartphone provides customers with a premium mobile experience

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —Alltel Wireless today announced the newest addition to its Android smartphone lineup, the HTC Merge™, which can be pre-ordered online at alltelwireless.com or by calling 1 (866) 255-8357 starting Monday, March 28. Alltel is the first wireless carrier in North America to offer the Merge, which will also be available for purchase in stores on Thursday, April 7. This feature-rich Android smartphone has a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard and large touchscreen display, combined with 5 megapixel digital camera and 720p HD video recorder, providing Alltel Wireless customers with a premium mobile experience.
The HTC Merge comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system and the user-friendly HTC Sense™ experience, allowing customers to effortlessly multitask and unite spreadsheets from work with videos from home. This customizable smartphone allows users to organize e-mail, Facebook and SMS based upon their individual preferences and not by technology.
“The HTC Merge combines everything consumers need in a smartphone, making it simple for businessmen and women to keep in touch with co-workers, friends and family no matter where they are,” said Scott Moody, Alltel Wireless Vice President of Products and Services. “This smartphone also allows you to customize your mobile experience through various applications, providing you with everything you need right at your fingertips.”
Along with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard for quick and accurate messaging, the HTC Merge also provides customers with access to the Android Market™. Users can tailor their smartphone to meet their individual needs with the Android Market which provides more than 100,000 mobile applications for music, games and other entertainment categories. In addition, the smartphone features a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a flash to capture digital photos.
Additional HTC Merge key features include:
- Bluetooth® wireless technology for a hands-free experience or to easily transfer data to a computer.

- Wi-Fi enabled, giving customers two ways to connect to the Internet – through Alltel’s wireless network or through any available Wi-Fi hotspot.

- Digital compass, G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor and GPS to navigate your way through any city.

The HTC Merge is available at online at www.alltelwireless.com for $124.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a new two year service agreement.
Alltel Wireless continues to be an industry leader, providing customers most recently with “Best Value Unlimited Plans” which offer the most affordable and flexible options for those who love to talk, text, and browse the web. Alltel Wireless also provides customers its exclusive “My Circle” feature – unlimited calling to and from any 5, 15 or 25 numbers on any network and unlimited texting and data to their circle on select plans – as well as the innovative “Free Fridays” feature, where all calls on Friday are free on select plans.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."