Ridgeland, Miss. - Regional carrier Cellular South became the second U.S. carrier to announce plans to offer HTC's first Android-based CDMA world phone, the
Carrier Alltel Wireless of Little
Rock, Ark., recently announced plans to sell the Merge beginning April 7
in stores and on its web site for $124.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a new
two-year service agreement.
Cellular South will offer the Merge sometime in April at an unannounced price.
On the Cellular South network, the Merge will be the preloaded with the new Amazon Appstore for Android, making the carrier the first to offer the app preloaded on a phone. The app lets users download Android apps from Amazon, although consumers could also download apps from Google's Android Market.
The Android 2.2-based Merge operates in U.S. 850/1900MHz 3G CDMA Rev. A networks, in overseas 2.1GHz 3G HSPA networks, and in U.S. and overseas GSM/EDGE networks.
The Merge features a slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard, 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback and pinch-to- zoom capability, 720p video capture, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, HTC's Sense user interface, and HTC's FriendStream social-media aggregation service, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a consolidated view.
The phone also features a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB embedded memory, included 8GB MicroSD card, stereo Bluetooth 2.1, and integration with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
From the phone's preloaded Amazon Appstore app, or from any web-browsing device including PCs, users can find, try and buy Android apps and take advantage of such Amazon features as personalized recommendations, customer reviews, one-click payment options and product descriptions that include screenshots and video content showing the apps in action.
All apps will be Amazon-tested before they are made available in the Appstore, Amazon said.