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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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How the Heck...
By Oyster on 9/28/2010 9:10:56 AM , Rating: -1
... is it a "world phone" if it supports only CDMA?

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.

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