Verizon may be getting ready to have another go at its own app store or distribution

Verizon may be getting ready to have another go at its own app store or distribution
Are you a Verizon customer and remember when the carrier had its own app store? It was initially called V-Cast and was later renamed Verizon Apps. It had its hey-day before iTunes and Google Play changed the world.  The tiny store that was Verizon Apps faded away, unable to compete with the cross carrier access that the mobile platform marketplaces provided.

A report from The Information noted a number of anonymous sources that Verizon was going to get back into the game with a new app store of sorts.

Verizon immediately denied it was doing any such thing, “been there, done that.”  However, Amir Efrati, who wrote the initial story called Verizon to task saying it was playing a semantics game. He contends that Big Red is not pursuing an app store in the traditional sense, but a cross platform app distribution channel while will incorporate a variety of “partners.”

While it looks a bit like a "he said, she said," we are certain that Verizon is not interested in resurrecting an “app store” in the classic sense as it would have no chance in competing with Google Play, iTunes, Windows Phone Store, or even BlackBerry World.

source: PCMag

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8 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

NO! that is very anti-consumerist

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Bloatwares, why would any one want this on their gear. Who's the partners, Wal Mart? Can these services not be procured without a carrier being involved? Bestards.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Android needs a third-party app store, one that is free from Google. But Verizon is not the company to provide it.

4. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They are definitely not the company for that. I mean, yeah, Vcast was okay back in the flip phone days for ringtones and simple games but nowadays I see their VCAST anything as useless and overpriced bloat. If they have plenty of free or ad supported stuff then maybe but not likely.

6. Gawain

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

While there isn't a single "store" per se, there are a lot of apps that can be had directly from developers and smaller stores of sorts. If you trust the sources, there are plenty of options.

5. Suspiro

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

They're waiting to make sure that the name they've picked is not another terrorist organization.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Am I the only one who finds it funny how soon this article came after the news about China developing its own OS? Both Verizon and China are doing their thing for the same basic reasons. :D

8. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Bruh, nobody wants this ish.

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