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  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
Another full-QWERTY Android device joins the Droid 2

Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on a bevy of pictures of an upcoming Android-powered HTC world phone for Verizon, which was hinted at in Verizon's roadmap leaks last month.

The new device, model number ADR6325, sports a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, microSD slot, and a SIM card slot for world roaming. The pictures also show a Microsoft Bing app directly on the home screen. Like most HTC Android devices, it will run the custom Sense UI, unlike the manufacturer's upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

According to a Phandroid tipster, the device could be the HTC "Merge", which began appearing in Verizon inventories back in August. The folks over at Engadget believe it to be the CDMA equivalent of the T-Mobile G2

No other specs or a possible release date are known. BGR has the full gallery here.

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Good to see...
By Motoman on 9/28/2010 10:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
...a real keyboard on the device - means it actually will be effective and usable for texting and email.

The one thing that bugs me about that style of keyboard, though, is the merging of the numbers with the top row of letters - such that you have to push a fn button to get a number. Really inconvenient.

Cell phone makers had keyboards really figured out a few years ago - the original enV by LG had the best keyboard ever. But for some reason they've been going backward ever since...

RE: Good to see...
By soydios on 9/28/2010 12:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
The HTC Touch Pro 2 had a great keyboard, IMO the best. Shame they haven't straight lifted it onto their other keyboarded phones.

RE: Good to see...
By judasmachine on 9/28/2010 4:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yes the Touch Pro 2 had the best kb in the smart phone world. Too bad it ran WinMo6. I still play with my old one.

RE: Good to see...
By wolrah on 9/29/2010 9:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad it ran WinMo6.

You know you can solve that, right?

It's not 100%, but many users may not care about the currently missing features (and they will likely have support eventually).

By Bateluer on 9/28/2010 10:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon, you have failed again. Locked Bing = Bad.

First Post
By drunkenmastermind on 9/28/10, Rating: 0
How the Heck...
By Oyster on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: How the Heck...
By mdbrotha on 9/28/2010 9:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
Its also has GSM. Note the SIM Card slot on the phone.

RE: How the Heck...
By fic2 on 9/28/2010 12:51:22 PM , Rating: 1
I'll ask a slightly different version:

How the heck is it a "world phone" if it is locked to Verizon?

RE: How the Heck...
By cubdukat on 9/28/2010 1:01:36 PM , Rating: 2
If I'm not mistaken, Verizon uses GSM outside of the US through Vodaphone because that's what everyone else uses.

It's no different than using a T-Mobile phone outside of the US. You can use it anywhere in the world, but you're still locked in to T-Mobile's network.

RE: How the Heck...
By amanojaku on 9/28/2010 3:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
A world phone is a quad-band phone that can use the four GSM ranges throughout the world: 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 1900MHz. That's what allows the phone to physically see signals in different countries with different bands.

To get around the Verizon lock you just pull out the SIM card and insert a card from the new provider. The SIM card is the "phone number" and contains security info to access the carrier's network.

RE: How the Heck...
By ReblTeen84 on 9/28/2010 10:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not quite, but close - if you want to use another carriers SIM and not the Vodaphone SIM that'll come preinstalled, you're gonna need to get VZW to unlock it. When I had them unlock my Tour last year (before my Droid and Droid X), I just emailed their customer service. Sent me an unlock code within a couple hours with instructions. Your milage may vary though, I've been using VZW since 2002. Newer customers may have to fight to get the unlock code or might not get it at all, especially if you try to request it as soon as you sign up and get the phone.

RE: How the Heck...
By vcolon on 9/29/2010 8:03:13 AM , Rating: 2
@ReblTeen84 You are correct about the phone having to be unlocked before it can be used with another providers SIM.

By Dr of crap on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
By theapparition on 9/28/2010 8:56:59 AM , Rating: 2
Not every product is made to impress you.

I also have no interest in a Verizon branded G2, but I can see how some who need the world phone feature to be quite happy by this release.

By XSpeedracerX on 9/28/2010 9:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
+[2] troll achievement points for coming to an article about a gadget and commenting about how little you care for said gadget. LOL.

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