HTC Trophy, Samsung Gem, HTC Merge Reappear at Verizon
Wireless operators tend to be pretty secure with their web assets, so when mentions of particular phones begin appearing on a given site, it’s usually a pretty good sign that device launches are only days or even hours away. Well Verizon was particularly generous this weekend, exposing no less than three upcoming handsets — the HTC Trophy, Samsung Gem, and HTC Merge — on various parts of its domain. Although all of these devices are considered a lock for the nation’s largest carrier, none have yet been officially confirmed by Big Red.
First up is the Windows Phone 7-powered Trophy, a CDMA worldphone version of the 7 Trophy introduced in Europe nearly half-a-year ago. Thanks to another one of those “special offers for Microsoft employees,” we have a promotion cutoff date of April 7th, which is just days prior to the 4/17 launch we saw on that alleged Verizon roadmap a few days ago. However, we were expecting Trophy all of March with no results, so perhaps the NoDo delays have affected its rollout as well.
Next is the Samsung Gem, which has its own accessories page posted despite never having been confirmed for VZW — like Trophy, we’ve seen hints of this one for months now with no sign of an actual release. Even Samsung itself seems to know the deal, as it’s reposted its own Verizon Gem page after publishing it a bit early and subsequently pulling it down shortly afterwards.
Finally we have the HTC Merge, yet another handset that has been rumored for months — and pictured in the wild with Verizon branding numerous times now. However, regional carrier Alltel managed to beat its former suitor to the punch with a post-CTIA announcement, fullfilling HTC’s promise of a multiple carrier release. This Merge support page comes a few months after Verizon accidentally posted a full 360-degree view of the QWERTY slider — a rare slip-up with these tightly-controlled assets.