Carriers tend to load a ton of applications on Android phones, and for carrier-branded device consumers, there is no way around it. Today, Verizon and Lyft announced a new deal which will have the Lyft app preloaded onto select Android devices through Big Red.
Lyft is much like Uber. You open an app, call a car, then get dropped off wherever you want. It’s pretty simple. Interestingly enough, this deal won’t only benefit (ha!) smartphone buyers. Next week, Lyft drivers will receive discounts on mobile plans, accessories, and family plans through Accelerate, Lyft’s premier driver rewards program.
According to the press release, “Verizon is firmly dedicated to leveraging advanced technology to power a fast, reliable network for consumers across the country. Lyft and Verizon share the vision of a more efficient, connected future, where a safe ride and reliable technology is available to everyone at their fingertips.”
So, yeah, if you pick up a select new phone on Verizon, prepare to see Lyft. Then
disable uninstall it if you so choose.
Note: Verizon reached out to clarify the app install, letting us know that you will indeed be able to uninstall it.