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Verizon Shutting the Doors of Verizon Apps Next Year, We Say It’s About Time

In 2010, Verizon created their very own app store, a place where Android and BlackBerry users could go find useful applications. Their intentions were certainly in the right place, but we as Android users have never actually needed it. To us, it’s simply considered as bloatware on our phones since we have great access to Google Play, otherwise known as the Android Market back then. Well today, Verizon has announced their plans to officially shut down Verizon Apps completely by March of 2013. 

Big Red has acknowledged that each smartphone OS has its very own, and well maintained, app stores which work just fine. No more need for a carrier branded store. Big Red released a time frame for the shut down, which shows that beginning in early of 2013, millions of devices will receive  an update that removes the application with support ending completely by the end of March.

Probably for the best, Verizon.

Via: All Things D | Verizon

  • mikedeamicis

    And to think, not barely three months ago I told the VZW customer service rep that if they did not get rid of mandatory VZW apps on my property, I would be leaving to Metro PCS at the end of my contract. My contract is yup in May. Odd coincidence.

  • Droid Burgundy

    pshhh just like Verizon to abandon their customers like this!! WHATS NEXT? If VZW Navigation becomes abandon-ware I am seriously leaving for T-Mobile! /s

  • haaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwww yisss

  • wm snyder

    it never was a app store but hiway robbery $ 7.00 a month for a app you know how much that is in a year they had no concept of what a app is . Wished they shut the doors and restructure from top down then open to a more customer friendly store instead of money grubbin power controll freaks ….oh my did i think that outloud bad finger bad….!!!!

  • Anyone else smell ‘rate increase’ to help Verizon from losing the money its’ app store brought in from the grandparents?

  • coolsilver

    Now that Verizon has carrier billing in Google Play Store, they can charge google $0.05 per transaction and make money while saving on developers for their lame store.

  • Knlegend1

    Is this an attempt to make me stay lol?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    VZW had an app store?

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Please die VZ Navigator.

  • Kr B

    They probably realized that they were losing money maintaining something that no one uses and said “Well…let’s cut corners here. An extra half a penny for our investors!”

  • Are they going to remove the app from all the phones too.. !!!!

    • EC8CH

      through a firmware update… should probably expect that sometime in July 😛

  • they should just delete their apps altogether.

  • Steve Benson

    Good F’ing riddance.

  • Amenemhat1

    Didn’t even know this app existed…

  • danofiveo

    Considering that Verizon is slow as molasses in updating their devices (even for a single.com ole security fix), do we really expect them to keep this schedule?

  • droidify

    6 people cried

    • r0lct

      The people who maintained the service?

    • hokiesteve

      Of which 5 were Verizon executives.

    • Chris Hollenbeck

      I cried with joy.

  • blootz

    nooooo not my free nfl live games app wont work without the verizon loginapp. well at least we have our favorite logo on the home button of my note2. thats why I won’t buy apple no cool verizon logos. verizon should force their logo on the on screen home button of all jelly bean and up updates so we can all enjoy verizon together. in fact I’m going to email them this great idea and tell them how much everyone on this blog agrees with me.

    • Buckoman

      Even though you were kidding, this made me cringe. Badly.

  • cns2007

    I’ll hold my excitement until after I read the fine print.

  • hfoster52

    One bloatware app down!!

  • David Narada Brown

    there is a God! its about time they realize how much their apps suck!

  • John

    About time!

  • EC8CH

    I can only imagine this is what it looked like at VZW headquarters when they came to this decision:


    • Nick S

      damn.. no love for Dark City here apparently.

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        I own it and love it. Of course, I’ll always prefer his film “The Crow” to “Dark City”, but it still ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite films. But, “The Crow” sequels should have never been made, and to me, they somewhat marred the absolute brilliance that Brandon Lee created in the original. I remember when I was younger and saw “The Crow” during a sneak preview, and it was also a double-feature that night, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what the movie was that preceded “The Crow” that evening. It was a midnight double-feature showing, and I was so absolutely stunned by the magic of that movie, that I went and watched it again that same week.

        I also remember when I went to see the Jack Nicholson movie “Wolf” for the first time in theaters, that in the span of two weeks after that. I saw the movie another three times! To me, it was just that incredible, and I still regard it personally, as one of the very best Werewolf films ever made.

  • StockGS3er

    I would like to shake the hands of those who made this decision.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      And they will reach into your back pocket while you do. I’ll stick waiving from a distance.

      • JoshGroff

        I’ll stick to a smile, a wave is a bit much for just removing 1 bloat app that frankly doesn’t take up much space.

  • DCX

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Larry

    Verizon can shut it down now for all I care.

  • Ron_Swanson

    BEST NEWS EVER! (Comic Book Guy Voice)

  • CyHawk60

    I’m waiting for the day that I can choose skinned OEM Android vs vanilla Android when I do factory reset.

    • JoshGroff

      That would be the greatest day ever!!! Next to full VoLTE integration.

  • pimfram

    Does this mean no more crapware on their phones?

    • EC8CH

      Nope… more.

      They’ll just preinstall whatever used to be in their store.

      • JoshGroff

        Yay, more “free” apps. 🙂

      • jldleo

        *Luke Skywalker voice* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • r0lct

      Look for Amazon Appstore to come pre-installed would be my guess

      • EC8CH

        No joke… VZW struck a deal to preinstall Amazon apps on Droid branded phones.

        • Evan Whitaker

          I have overlooked much crap from Verizon because their service in my area rocks. Pre installing the Amazon app store would send me running for the competition.

      • EC8CH

        No joke… VZW struck a deal to preinstall Amazon apps on Droid branded phones.

  • BrianLipp

    didnt this just turn into links to apps in the play store at some point? i know in the beginning it was its own store though. Or did verizon make a different app that did that?

    • JoshGroff

      I don’t know, I personally never used it. 🙁

    • Zach Armstrong

      I think it used to have its own app store but now they just put it in the
      Play Store under the Verizon logo.

  • aNYthing6

    Too busy putting their logos on home buttons instead

    • EC8CH

      If the Note 2 on VZW had onscreen buttons…
      would the home button be a Verizon Logo?

      • r0lct

        No, it would just have a screen on animation of the Verizon logo and put a Verizon logo watrermark on every photo you took.

  • zepfloyd
  • Havoc70

    FINALLY! Crapware removal at its finest

  • jldleo

    Best news I’ve heard all year.. Now if this means no more Bloatware on top Maybe I’ll stay

    • JoshGroff

      Only way to save yourself is a GSM nexus, although, the only bloat I remember on the VZW G-Nex was the my account app which is actually useful. Of course, now that all bloat can be disabled and with devices having 16GB+ internal storage with SD slots, there’s really not that much to fuss about anymore.

      • Except that Verizon is making it impossible to disable bloatware on some devices.

        • JoshGroff

          Haven’t had that problem with the rezound, thunderbolt ICS leak, or S3, so I wasn’t aware it was an issue. Thanks for the info, it’ll give me something to read into tomorrow.

          • It’s only for new devices. I believe the first time it happened was the RAZR HD.

  • JoshGroff

    Now, if only they would realize that we don’t need their VZ nav app and other bloat. This is still a step in the right direction though. 🙂

    • michael arazan

      Christmas comes early this year! Maybe that’ll be next years gift to us. in 2009 the VZ nav app was pretty good, but as Google maps became exponentially better every 3 months the VZ nav app is just pathetic.