The HTC Merge for Verizon has been something of a ghost. It was first spotted back in 2010, but Verizon never seemed to have that much interest in going about actually bringing it to market. Ultimately, it was dumped onto the carrier as an option only available online or through third-part retailers; Verizon wanted no part of this phone anywhere near its own stores. While the Merge has seen life on some other carriers, it seemed like Verizon had done all it could to sweep the phone under the rug. Perhaps that’s why we’re so surprised to see it popping-up again now in a Verizon retail advertisement.
The newspaper ad for Cellularsales.com, a Verizon retailer, offers a great buy-on-get-two-free deal on the HTC Merge over the holidays. That’s surprising, because this isn’t the kind of retailer we understood the phone was being sold through Verizon specifically mentioned large big-box stores like Best Buy. There’s no sign of the Merge we could find on the company’s website, either.
You can add to the mystery that this sort of promotion for the HTC Merge on Verizon hasn’t been seen anywhere outside the Greensboro, NC area. We doubt we’re looking at anything so dramatic as Verizon suddenly embracing the Merge, but the situation is weird and fascinating all the same.