HTC Merge on Alltel?

The HTC Merge -- you might remember it from our exclusive hands-on, our video preview, our benchmark tests, photo gallery ... You get the point. We blew that thing out of the water. But one thing we couldn't do was keep Verizon from never releasing the thing in the first place. But Droid-Life posted the picture you see above. And it's either a simple background switch and a cruel hoax, or indeed the Merge may show on Alltel, which was purchased by Verizon and all but assimilated into the Big Red ecosystem.

Of course, we've heard this story before. Hell, we told this story before. And a release on Alltel isn't nearly as widespread or as satisfying as a release on one of the Big Four. But fear not, we're sure Verizon and HTC have something Merge-like up their sleeves. All things in good time, folks. [Droid-Life]