Cellular South Also to Sell HTC Merge World Phone
Cellular South today announced plans to offer the HTC Merge, which is a GSM/CDMA Android world phone. It goes on sale in April, though pricing wasn't revealed. The Merge is also being offered by Alltel, and a Verizon-branded version has cleared the FCC.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Verizon to Kick Off HTC 10 Preorders April 29
Verizon Wireless today said it will begin accepting preorders for the HTC 10 on April 29. Verizon expects the phone to launch in early May and has not yet provided pricing details for the phone.
HTC Intros Desire 510, A Low-Cost LTE Phone
HTC today announced the Desire 510, an entry-level device that includes LTE 4G for many regions around the world. The 510 is made from polycarbonate and HTC created a DotView case for the device, which allows owners to answer calls even when the case is closed.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
HTC to Sell Low-Cost Desire 530 In US This Month
HTC today said several U.S. carriers will soon offer its Desire 530 smartphone.
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