The HTC Merge has had quite a wild ride since we first went hands- on with it. After seemingly dropping off the face of the earth, it was deemed canceled, sold on eBay, turned up on Alltel and finally the big news arrived -- an official announcement of its release.  Although the official announcement lacked any launch dates or specific carriers, Verizon was assumed to be on that list given the fact they never removed it from their system nor bothered to stop shipping accessories.

The latest HTC Merge news is that it has now passed FCC approval. And while rumors may have suggested it was possibly being revamped for LTE, we're not exactly shocked to find out it still remains without. (In fact, judging from the tape/Photoshop job where the carrier logo would be, we're betting this is exactly the same model as what we saw, and it's been sitting on a shelf somewhere.)

In addition to passing FCC approval, if you hit up the FCC link you'll also be able to get a look at the (Still Verizon-branded) user-guide, if that's your thing. Still no release date as of yet but no doubt, it's coming soon. [FCC via Phonescoop]