Verizon shutting down their branded app stores come January 2013
on 5 Nov 2012 05:25 pm EST
If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, you're likely used to seeing their app store preloaded onto your device. Come January 2013 though, that app store will be no more. Verizon has announced they'll be removing the store from devices and no longer supporting it:
In January of 2013, Verizon will start the process of removing the Verizon Apps application from ALL compatible Android and Research in Motion devices. We anticipate completing this process by March 27, 2013. But, no need to fear. Most apps existing on Verizon Apps are already available on multiple app storefronts, such as Google PLAY, Amazon and BlackBerry® App World. Business applications submitted to Verizon’s Private Applications Store for Business will continue to be available for purchase and download to enterprise customers.
Needless to say, I doubt anyone will mind the preloads going missing. However, if you did manage to sign up for any particular services through the app store, you can find further details on when to expect support to be finalized over at the Verizon blog. In addition to that, Verizon will be letting customers know directly as well.
Source: Verizon via: AllThingsD