Cellular South, the largest privately owned cellular provider in the states, has teamed up with HTC to deliver the carrier’s first Android world phone, the HTC Merge. Featuring a slide-out keyboard and 5MP rear camera, it also offers Android 2.2 (Froyo) and HTC Sense to create “a complete mobile experience.” The Merge is certainly not the first Android device offered by Cellular South but will be their first world phone powered by Android. It gets a little more interesting with this little tidbit – the Amazon Appstore will be preloaded. This will be a first among Android devices and Cellular South COO, Kevin Hankins has this to say about it:
“Coupled with the new Amazon Appstore for Android, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smart phone, whether it’s at home or traveling around the world.”
When asked whether or not the Android Market will be absent due to the Amazon store, Cellular South assured us that they will be providing both options to customers.
The Merge will have both the Amazon Appstore for Android pre-loaded as well as the Android Market app on the device. We are excited about the partnership with Amazon as they are featuring a free paid app of the day for consumers, which is a nice perk. Amazon also has the benefit of one-click purchases.
There is no information regarding pricing or launch date other than “next month” which we are going to assume is April 2011.