Mar 03 AT 2:30 PM Nick Gray 4 Comments

Verizon’s HTC Merge gets subjected to a strip search by the FCC

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.

Via: Phone Scoop

Source: FCC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Mark

    We shouldn’t be forced to have all of our government “approve” of our products.

    I think the FCC has way too much power and we shouldn’t be required to have them approve anything.

    • Nick Gray

      From my understanding, it’s very rare that the FCC does not give approval to products that pass through their hands. They have clear cut rules that must be followed (mainly for the safety of the public) whic lal manufacturers are aware of.

      The FCC simply wants to make sure that the communication features of the devices work as intended without posing a risk to consumers.

  • Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    When it comes to products that broadcast and receive RF signals, the FCC *needs* to approve it. The main reason for this process is to make sure that the signals aren’t at dangerous levels or interfering with government and public utility RF signal bands.

  • Allan

    Quality article..