Alltel recently announced that it would begin offering the HTC Merge, but it looks like that Android is bringing along a few of its friends. In addition to the Merge, Alltel now has the Samsung Gem, Motorola Milestone X, and LG Axis. Some of these we knew were coming, some have been at the carrier for a little while already, but together they really help flesh-out the smartphone selection, something all too often lacking from non-major carriers.
HTC’s Merge is headed to multiple carriers, and why not? Based on the Desire Z, this CDMA model of the hardware has a 800MHz processor, 3.8-inch display, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone runs Sense on Froyo, comes with the Amazon Appstore pre-installed, and sells for about $125 on-contract.
Samsung’s Gem, like the Merge, is also due to show up at Verizon as well as Alltel. This one’s been with the carrier already for several weeks, and is only running Eclair at the moment. Like the Merge, the Gem packs an 800MHz processor, but sports a smaller 3.2-inch screen.
The Motorola Milestone X is just the Droid X with a name-change, rocking the same 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, along with the nice, big 4.3-inch FWVGA screen.
Another one that’s been at Alltel for a bit already, LG’s Axis is a QWERTY slider like the Merge, though with only a 600MHz CPU, and running Eclair. Of all these Alltel Androids, it’s probably the weakest offering.
All four models are available from Alltel now.