FCC filings are typically all the same. We get a model number, a few confidentiality letters and an image of where the FCC’s label will be placed on handset. We’re typically treated to a lot more details once the handset has launched, but who wants to scour the FCC for handset images when you can walk into your local carrier and play with the real deal?
This time around, the FCC has decided to share the whole package all at once, giving us a close look at the HTC Merge and all its internal components. It’s no secret that the HTC Merge would eventually end up on Verizon, but it’s amusing that the FCC went through the trouble of covering up Verizon’s logo on the front of the phone in all their pictures and yet somehow forgot that the handset’s manual has Verizon’s branding all over it.
Verizon has yet to acknowledge that the HTC Merge is launching on their network. The official HTC Merge announcement stated that the handset would launch in early Spring. Since spring officiall kicks off on March 20th, we’re guessing Verizon has plans to launch the Merge right around CTIA (March 22-24), similar to Sprints launched the HTC EVO Shift 4G at CEA back in January.