Verizon to launch app store

Following in the footsteps of its smartphone rivals, Verizon announced at the annual CTIA wireless trade show that they are launching an App Store to compete with AT&T's offering for the iPhone and Google's portal for its Android smartphones.

Verizon is entering into a crowded market, and they are pulling some tricks out of their sleeves to make up for time lost. Verizon's App Store has a distinct advantage over other carriers in that you can pay for your apps by simply adding the charge to your monthly bill, when other carriers require a second, separate account to pay for your apps. 

According to PC Magazine's coverage of the event, Leroy Williams, Verizon's developer community liaison, said that Verizon will be rolling out the new App Store on the Blackberry Storm 2 first, followed by rollouts on other smartphones in "the next few weeks and months." 

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Verizon has always been in the business of splitting off and selling every little feature they can. They will nickel and dime you to death.

neodorian said,
Verizon has always been in the business of splitting off and selling every little feature they can. They will nickel and dime you to death.

Exactly. Cell phone companies like Verizon are so greedy that it bothers them to see other companies selling items through their network. I would really love to reduce them to the position of mere bandwidth provider.

Stupid. Yeah Get It Now sucked. By saying AT&T's iPhone app store... isn't that Apple's app store? I don't have an iPhone, but I do have an iPod Touch with an app store?

Verizon - this is going to be another go-nowhere initiative that will serve to swindle money from unknowing consumers that will feel confused and abused when they get their bills. Consumers don't need another reason to hate mobile phone companies.

Wait what? Verizon has had an app store for many years now that does this very thing... use to be called Get it Now charged it straight to your bill also... am I the only one that is lost?

Lame. How many people are gonna bother adding their apps to all these different stores? Not many. They should work with Google to expand the carrier billing option on the Android market.

Probably verizon trying to take a slice of the pie back. I used to pay them $300/mo for 3 phone lines (2 were foreign exchange numbers). Now google voice let's me do that for free

I might see an advantage IF I didn't already have Blackberry App world for my Storm 2 and Verizon's app weren't absolutely horrible. VZ Nav... craptastic, gimme' google maps, thank you very much. As for the other pre-installed VZW apps on my Storm 2, if I can't delete them, I make the icons hidden. Waste of space. If VZW can offer better deals on some apps, or better yet on higher priced bundles like Documents To Go, I might not uninstall it once it's forced on me with the next firmware update.

I don't understand what sense it makes for such a company to app store? It makes sense that Apple has its app store and Google too. But Verizon didn't make their own OS now did they.

My problem with all of this is that there are too many places that you need to submit an app to, or is there a service that syndicates your application to other stores?

I thought it was galled "Get it Now" and it used to use your minutes to browse and download and extra charge for mb's used, then you purchased the crappy little app or game. I remember buying a Castlevania game that was 5 or 7 bucks and was only 2 levels after that I just had the web aspect of the phone shut off because it was a total rip.

"Verizon's App Store has a distinct advantage over other carriers in that you can pay for your apps by simply adding the charge to your monthly bill, when other carriers require a second, separate account to pay for your apps."

OMG! That is SUCH an awesome advantage! Rather stick to Google's marketplace for the apps.

Tech Star said,
"Verizon's App Store has a distinct advantage over other carriers in that you can pay for your apps by simply adding the charge to your monthly bill, when other carriers require a second, separate account to pay for your apps."

OMG! That is SUCH an awesome advantage! Rather stick to Google's marketplace for the apps.

Why would I want to add anything at all to my Verizon bill? It already never stays the same, and always seems too high. Why not just pay for my Google apps with the same "account" (banking) I use to pay my Verizon bill?

I also doubt the Verizon store will have anything relevant for free.

Edited by NeoandGeo, Mar 26 2010, 10:50am :

So the bill will looks like :

$4.99 Puzzle Zuma Finding Object Deluxe.
$0.70 Extra charge.
$0.30 Account Usage.
...
+ plus tax.

or
$14.5 Verizon Store (even when you only downloaded free games).