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Since March of 2010, Verizon has been including a Verizon Apps store on its Android and BlackBerry handsets. When it was first created, the app landscape on Android wasn't the same as it is today. Nowadays, we're not sure who actually chooses to get an app from the Verizon store rather than Google Play. Verizon realizes this, and is going to start completely removing its Verizon Apps store from all devices starting January 2013 via software updates. Beginning immediately, customers that have installed apps from Verizon Apps are going to be notified of the changes, and monthly recurring subscriptions will be set to expire in December.

The removal process is expected to be completed by March 2013, but Verizon points out that certain apps -- especially specific business ones -- may still remain on some handsets in special cases. Presumably any additional devices that aren't updated will be phased out as new devices come to the market without Verizon Apps installed in the first place.

Source: Verizon Developer Community

There are 23 comments

cozzy123 says:

Does this mean less verizon bloatware?!?!

hoosiercub says:

Are you crazy? If anything.. this means MOAR! Since they no longer have a dumb pipe for dummies to charge extra crap to their bills monthly.

serpa4 says:

yes, thank you!

blackbyrd says:

We can only hope

rswain64 says:

About time!

chubb says:

Hopefully this means updates get released quicker.

Vorpal_Droid says:


jcastag says:

I don't think it means anything will change as far as bloatware goes. Most of the same apps will probably be forced on our handsets as they are now. And I think that most, if not all, are probably available in the play store already

Seems to make sense now that vzw is adding direct billing for play store purchases.

jnmigr says:

Finally now also take out Verizon navigation.

Wait, they are removing apps that people purchased from the Verizon appstore from people's phones? That is almost theft!

ulmerj79 says:

There are about 20 other apps they can shove up their ass.

Fraggle79 says:

They'll probably just put add's in the phone call to make up for it, those twisted maniacs.

Rob White says:

A small crack has formed in the dam. If only this is the beginning of a whole about face at Verizon on all the bloat. I doubt it. But we can certainly hope so.

matthwo8 says:


Mobius360 says:

Anyone know why the Verizon NFL app for tablets doesn't let you subscribe to the red zone channel?

As for Verizon applications, one bloatware down sadly many more to go.

Jayshmay says:

Yayyy!!! Verizon isn't a developer!
Their a wireless a carrier, worry about providing a strong LTE signal to my phone!

kilofoxtrot says:

Ding! Dong!

revliscrazy says:

I never thought I'd see the day.

dante501 says:

Should be a law against this anyway. They bloat the phone and also still put their branding on it. And lock them. And then they charge an expensive monthly plan plus the phones for ridiculous expensive prices too. Is it just me that thinks all that is a rip off?

Unobtanium says:

Verizon had its own app store?

No, but they have a tab of Verizon exclusive apps in the Play Store.

richardfoc says:

Yes, Verizon has a stand alone app store but Nova Launcher allows you to hide it (and other Verizon crap) from the app drawer. Thank you Nova Launcher.

tyson.clarke says:

Thank god. Verizon is TERRIBLE at writing software. Stick to keeping people connected