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Are 4G LTE Versions of the HTC Merge and Incredible 2 in the Works or at Least Being Tested?

The HTC Merge was re-introduced last week as a 3G CDMA world phone, but after disappearing just as it was supposed to launch in late 2010, rumors popped up that it had been delayed while they dropped a 4G radio into it.  But without a mention in the press release on Friday our hopes were a little crushed.  That was until we looked a little closer at the screenshots of the phone from Verizon’s internal system that snuck out over the weekend.  We’re now starting to think that there is a chance it and the Incredible 2 might be 4G LTE after all.

If you  check out the mini-description for the listings of the Merge and Dinc2 in the screen shot above, you can clearly see that there are two versions listed of each phone.  There is the standard ADR6325VW/ADR6350VW, but there is also another listing which includes the letters “EHRPD” which just so happens to be the technology used by networks to transition from CDMA to LTE.  You’ll notice that one of the descriptions also mentions “TRIA” which could easily be taken as “TRIAL”, leading us to believe that VZW is at least testing a 4G LTE Merge and Incredible 2.

While I am by no means an LTE technology expert, I’m almost 100% positive that eHRPD only has to do with handovers between CDMA and LTE networks and nothing else.  So if Verizon is testing the 4G versions of these phones, we have no idea if they’ll ever come close to a store shelf, but we can at least cross our fingers for a couple of weeks.

To learn all there is to know about  eHRPD, check out this and this.

Thoughts?  Maybe we can convince our LTE Panda friend to stop by and give his opinion on eHRPD.

Cheers VZW Tipster!

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  • akhi216

    Great news. I’d love to get my hands on an LTE powered phone that has a slide out qwerty (hopefully the Merge).

  • aaron

    YAYAYAYA

    i always wanted a HTC HERPD

  • NKTizzle

    The Merge is not LTE. eHRPD is Enhanced High Rate Packet Data. This is the evolution of EVDO that is compatible with the IMS core that VZW is using for their LTE services. It is what allows the device to utilize the same back end as LTE.

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  • Anonymous

    LTE Panda? Is that Sexual Harassment Panda’s brother?

  • Alvinm 77

    My inside source say the HTC Vivo (Incredible 2) will be a 4G device. Dont know about the Merge. I would get the Incredible 2. I just like the 4.3″ screen thats on my DX (the reason I sold my Incredible which was a mistake because Im a ROM flasher). So I’ll stick with the Thunderbolt.

  • Anonymous

    I found it interesting that there were multiple versions of each device as well. Glad to see the potential for LTE on the Merge and DInc 2.

  • Anonymous

    How about a Droid X2 4G?

    • Anonymous

      Chipset won’t fit in current form factor (too thin)

      Probably see something similar in 2012.

  • Anonymous

    if it had 4G capabilities, would this conflict with the thunderbolt?

  • Droid
    • Anonymous

      Just a DROID 2.

  • Me

    so wait; the Dinc 2 is getting bing also??

    • DBK

      It’s going to be a Droid, so it should be getting Google.

  • Blaine07

    Either ones likely to be released before 9 volt too…

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure this (eHRPD) is also the technology that’s behind allowing SVDO.

    …though an Incredible 2 LTE, would seem a bit too close to the Thunderbolt.