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   Verizon will close its app store in January. In other news, Verizon sucks

06 Nov 2012 11:08 AM   |   7527 clicks   |   All Things D
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sethen320     
Well...bye.

06 Nov 2012 11:10 AM
TheFark5000     
Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.

06 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
davidphogan     
I've been a VZW customer for 6 years, and I had no idea they had their own app store. Oh well.

06 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
Leeds     
In other news- Verizon had an app store!

Seriously, who knew?

06 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
The more you eat the more you fart     
I use Verizon. Their service is expensive, but it rocks.

Even during a category 4 hurricane, my cell service worked flawlessly.

In the middle of the Alaskan tundra, i had service that worked.

So what about their own app store. Dont wanna pay the little bit extea $$$, go to at&t and pay almost as much for service that sucks.

06 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
Callous    [TotalFark]  
I didn't and my brother has worked for them for almost 10 years.

06 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
Thoguh    [TotalFark]  
Does that mean they'll stop preventing me from un-installing their shiat apps like Verizon Navigator and Blockbuster unless I root my phone?

06 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
Callous    [TotalFark]  

Thoguh: Does that mean they'll stop preventing me from un-installing their shiat apps like Verizon Navigator and Blockbuster unless I root my phone?


Now you're dreaming.

06 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
ChewbaccaJones     

Leeds: In other news- Verizon had an app store!

Seriously, who knew?


Ugh, unfortunately I did.
Their lame-ass sync software hosed my previous phone.
Seriously, ever app in that app store I have tried has been complete and utter broken and/or intrusive garbage.

06 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
Leeds     

Callous: Thoguh: Does that mean they'll stop preventing me from un-installing their shiat apps like Verizon Navigator and Blockbuster unless I root my phone?

Now you're dreaming.


That verizon navigator shiate cracks me up.

Why would I pay an additional monthly fee for the ability to eschew the better, (and free) google navigator app?

Sometimes I think verizon tries too hard to market themselves to complete idiots.

06 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
MightyPez     

TheFark5000: Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.


It's entirely dependent on where you want service and what you're willing to pay. Personally, I've been big into prepaid service. It's pennies for a single line compared to the big carriers, and will just use their networks.

I use Straight Talk (a prepaid AT&T MVNO). It works on AT&T's network, I get way more service for less than half of what AT&T charges, and I'm not locked into a contract. The down sides are I have to either buy used or non-subsidized phones and roaming on international networks isn't an option unless I buy an overseas SIM.

06 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
Monongahela Misfit     

TheFark5000: Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.


For non smartypants phone users check out any of the pay as you go options from the big three Verizon, Sprint, AT&T. Figure out who has best coverage in your local, and go cheap. Even the lowest end phones can place a call well.

I must say though, I don't use a laptop or desktop much since I got this Pocket Computer/Smartypants Phone.

06 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
limeyfellow     

Leeds: In other news- Verizon had an app store!

Seriously, who knew?


I knew. Only because one of our employees wanted to know why they could find none of the apps they wanted on it.

06 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
Cargo     

Monongahela Misfit: TheFark5000: Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.

For non smartypants phone users check out any of the pay as you go options from the big three Verizon, Sprint, AT&T. Figure out who has best coverage in your local, and go cheap. Even the lowest end phones can place a call well.

I must say though, I don't use a laptop or desktop much since I got this Pocket Computer/Smartypants Phone.


Which phone did you get? Just curious.

06 Nov 2012 11:29 AM
andyofne    [TotalFark]  

davidphogan: I've been a VZW customer for 6 years, and I had no idea they had their own app store. Oh well.


Well, they push a lot of their shiat on to your phone when you don't go there to download it.

Hope they decide to pull all the crapware they infest on android phones.

06 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
Albert911emt     
But did you hear the really big news? Verizon will raise prices very soon, and again very soon after that, and again very soon after that that.

06 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
NashMcNash     
I've had a Verizon smart phone for more than a year now, and honestly had no idea they had their own app store. I do however, still have a farking Blockbuster app. So there's that.

06 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
junglegoddess     

MightyPez: TheFark5000: Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.

It's entirely dependent on where you want service and what you're willing to pay. Personally, I've been big into prepaid service. It's pennies for a single line compared to the big carriers, and will just use their networks.

I use Straight Talk (a prepaid AT&T MVNO). It works on AT&T's network, I get way more service for less than half of what AT&T charges, and I'm not locked into a contract. The down sides are I have to either buy used or non-subsidized phones and roaming on international networks isn't an option unless I buy an overseas SIM.



I gotta second this. Verizon finally pissed me off one too many times a couple of months ago so I jumped to Straight Talk. Bought a Samsung directly from ST for $200, and it runs on Verizon's network. I have better service than friends who are with AT&T directly, and it only costs me $45/month for unlimited talk, text and data*. I was paying $55 with taxes for just 450 minutes of talking/1500 texts with Verizon, and that was after my corporate 18 percent discount. I refused to switch to a share everything plan when I found out they require you to go to a plan with data ... even if you have a dumb phone incapable of using it (like my old one).

Verizon sucks.

*well, except for that throttling you if you use obscene amounts of data, but I'm not a heavy user, so no worries from me

06 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
hugheric     
I have Verizon for cable and their On Demand Service is atrocious. My new place was already wired for Verizon so I stayed with it but I miss Comcast.

06 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
rikkitikkitavi     
I'm not really sure what all the butthurt is with Verizon. I've been with them since 2003 or 2004 (as Bell Atlantic Mobile) and have been happy. They're coverage areas and connections are absolutely superior to the others, and if you pay your bill on time then there really isn't anything to complain about.

I do agree that the Verizon apps suck the teet, but you don't have to use them. I thought it was a rather retarded business model to develop shiatty stuff that costs more (than free) when the free is available. But whatever.

Oh, and when I travel overseas, Verizon sent me a compatible phone to use, which I sent back to them when I was done, at no charge.

Motorola RaZR. FTW.

06 Nov 2012 12:03 PM
rikkitikkitavi     

hugheric: I have Verizon for cable and their On Demand Service is atrocious. My new place was already wired for Verizon so I stayed with it but I miss Comcast.


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hugheric: I have Verizon for cable and their On Demand Service is atrocious. My new place was already wired for Verizon so I stayed with it but I miss Comcast.


This makes no sense. "...wired for Verizon..."? You mean with coax? Like all the other providers use? If you call Comcast, I guarantee they can install it in less than a day, for free and no additional 'wiring'.

06 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
vodka     
T-Mobile has the cheapest pay as you go. I pay $10 per year for service to my G2 running Cyanogen Mod. Of course that means I don't use more than 30 or so minutes per year (I keep my phone on wifi 99% of the time using VoIP and such). Service has been degrading though since they got rid of the Internet Day Pass and other used-to-be-cool services.

Their coverage isn't as good as Verizon because it's concentrated in metro areas but when I do have a signal it's often better than Verizon.

06 Nov 2012 12:15 PM
Electrify     
Side topic, but I really wish our virtual network operators in Canada would be half as good as yours. While in the US you can get unlimited everything for half the cost of the main players. here they basically offer the exact same plans as the main players, more or less. The only way to get a good value is to go with some of the new companies, but even going from the city to the suburbs can turn your reception to utter crap.

/paying $50 for unlimited everything with Wind, half of what I was paying with Bell
//can't get a signal unless I go upstairs, but better than paying $100 for 2GBs of data like I was before

06 Nov 2012 12:17 PM
davidab     
but the Verizon App store is too big to fail. what about all those customers who have dumped millions into Verizon coffers? i dont know who, but someone needs a check

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06 Nov 2012 12:33 PM
ManateeGag    [TotalFark]  
Verizon had an app store?

06 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
ManateeGag    [TotalFark]  

davidab: but the Verizon App store is too big to fail. what about all those customers who have dumped millions into Verizon coffers? i dont know who, but someone needs a check

[www.knowyourbank.com image 600x455]


cute, but Bear Stearns fell through that net.

06 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
lenfromak    [TotalFark]  

The more you eat the more you fart: I use Verizon. Their service is expensive, but it rocks.

Even during a category 4 hurricane, my cell service worked flawlessly.

In the middle of the Alaskan tundra, i had service that worked.

So what about their own app store. Dont wanna pay the little bit extea $$$, go to at&t and pay almost as much for service that sucks.


Roger that. I work on the north slope, and I enjoy cell service at my desk when others are walking round looking for the sweet spot.

06 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
OscarTamerz     
Verizon sucks and even more so since it got rid of unlimited data plans. I have unlimited G3 and will be leaving for Sprint and unlimited G4 when my current contract is up. I'm not signing another contract though, I'm just going to buy the phone upfront. Learned my lesson there.

06 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
wambu     
In other news, Verizon STILL sucks

FTFY

06 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
RockChalkH1N1     
Haha good... VZW rep

06 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
TheFark5000     
I've been thinking about pay as you go. I only use about 30 minutes a month if I'm going crazy with it. I usually just text. I hate that Verizon really pushes data, even when I make it clear that I don't need or want it. I'm at work all day with an internet connection, I have internet at home - I don't need it at the grocery store or while I'm out at the park.

06 Nov 2012 01:06 PM
doofusgumby     

andyofne: davidphogan: I've been a VZW customer for 6 years, and I had no idea they had their own app store. Oh well.

Well, they push a lot of their shiat on to your phone when you don't go there to download it.

Hope they decide to pull all the crapware they infest on android phones.


AND the locked bookmarks in the browser.

06 Nov 2012 01:25 PM
moothemagiccow     
Verizon sold me a piece of shiat phone and has a piece of shiat network. Now I'm sure about the first, but it certainly can't connect to the second.

At this point, where all smartphones are basically the same, I see no point in non-customizable phones. I want a keyboard, decent camera and an HD screen, but no one sells it. All the manufacturers go on about how their specialized software makes shiat slightly different, meanwhile they're hocking the exact same hardware in slightly different configurations.

06 Nov 2012 01:26 PM
zeitgeist1     
So long, you won't be missed!

06 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
The more you eat the more you fart     

rikkitikkitavi: I'm not really sure what all the butthurt is with Verizon. I've been with them since 2003 or 2004 (as Bell Atlantic Mobile) and have been happy. They're coverage areas and connections are absolutely superior to the others, and if you pay your bill on time then there really isn't anything to complain about.

I do agree that the Verizon apps suck the teet, but you don't have to use them. I thought it was a rather retarded business model to develop shiatty stuff that costs more (than free) when the free is available. But whatever.

Oh, and when I travel overseas, Verizon sent me a compatible phone to use, which I sent back to them when I was done, at no charge.

Motorola RaZR. FTW.


The people who aren't smart enough to actually know how to use their phones don't realize you can disable all the verizon apps so that they don't even show up in your app list.

/Droid RaZR user as well

06 Nov 2012 01:39 PM
JackieRabbit     
_____________________________
insert company name of choice

Post to internet forum and within minutes you have "_____________________________ sucks!" Happens every time.

06 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
moothemagiccow     

The more you eat the more you fart: rikkitikkitavi: I'm not really sure what all the butthurt is with Verizon. I've been with them since 2003 or 2004 (as Bell Atlantic Mobile) and have been happy. They're coverage areas and connections are absolutely superior to the others, and if you pay your bill on time then there really isn't anything to complain about.

I do agree that the Verizon apps suck the teet, but you don't have to use them. I thought it was a rather retarded business model to develop shiatty stuff that costs more (than free) when the free is available. But whatever.

Oh, and when I travel overseas, Verizon sent me a compatible phone to use, which I sent back to them when I was done, at no charge.

Motorola RaZR. FTW.

The people who aren't smart enough to actually know how to use their phones don't realize you can disable all the verizon apps so that they don't even show up in your app list.

/Droid RaZR user as well


In Android 4.0, which most android phones haven't been upgraded to, thanks to the manufacturer, and HELLO! Verizon

06 Nov 2012 02:57 PM
MrEricSir     
Yesterday I tried to sign up for Verizon Wireless, but their website is just such a clunker that I eventually got frustrated and gave up. Most of the instructions make no sense, the CSS is all farked up, and it seems like the entire interface was designed for a call center rather than end users.

Then I went to Apple's site and signed up for Verizon through them. It worked great.

06 Nov 2012 03:33 PM
lostcat     
If you live in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area, Verizon is really your only option. AT&T service is awful, and Sprint is only marginally better.

I've used all three providers in the past six months. AT&T service didn't work in my house. Sprint switches to roaming when I'm in my bathroom. Only Verizon provides full bars and data connectivity nearly everywhere I I go.

06 Nov 2012 04:37 PM
Amusement     
Verizon had an app store? Really?!? Cause I'm like..wow and other semi-shocked sh*t from tails of the telecom neither region.

06 Nov 2012 05:43 PM
strife     

TheFark5000: Verizon was great when I first signed up (back in 2003ish), but now I agree with SUB - Verizon sucks.

Anyone have recommendations for who would be better for non-smartphone users? Contract is up in about 8 months.


I crossed over from Verizon to Page Plus after 8 years. You can keep your non-smartphone, still use the same damn VZ towers and purchase less expensive plans (depending on your needs). Customer service might be hit-or-miss, but I never need to talk to them. Been with them since February 2012 and so far haven't regretted it.

06 Nov 2012 07:09 PM
The more you eat the more you fart     

moothemagiccow: The more you eat the more you fart: rikkitikkitavi: I'm not really sure what all the butthurt is with Verizon. I've been with them since 2003 or 2004 (as Bell Atlantic Mobile) and have been happy. They're coverage areas and connections are absolutely superior to the others, and if you pay your bill on time then there really isn't anything to complain about.

I do agree that the Verizon apps suck the teet, but you don't have to use them. I thought it was a rather retarded business model to develop shiatty stuff that costs more (than free) when the free is available. But whatever.

Oh, and when I travel overseas, Verizon sent me a compatible phone to use, which I sent back to them when I was done, at no charge.

Motorola RaZR. FTW.

The people who aren't smart enough to actually know how to use their phones don't realize you can disable all the verizon apps so that they don't even show up in your app list.

/Droid RaZR user as well

In Android 4.0, which most android phones haven't been upgraded to, thanks to the manufacturer, and HELLO! Verizon


Guess that's one of the benefits for getting a decent phone?

People that try to keep upgrading a 4+ year old phone and wonder why they dont get the latest Android update are silly.

06 Nov 2012 07:31 PM
rikkitikkitavi     

lostcat: If you live in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area United States of America, Verizon is really your only option. AT&T service is awful, and Sprint is only marginally better.

I've used all three providers in the past six months. AT&T service didn't work in my house. Sprint switches to roaming when I'm in my bathroom. Only Verizon provides full bars and data connectivity nearly everywhere I I go.


06 Nov 2012 09:28 PM
peeledpeas     
Verizon is the worst cellular provider. Except for all the other ones.

06 Nov 2012 11:05 PM
moothemagiccow     

The more you eat the more you fart: Guess that's one of the benefits for getting a decent phone?

People that try to keep upgrading a 4+ year old phone and wonder why they dont get the latest Android update are silly.


Good luck next year. Your model is already old.

07 Nov 2012 01:20 AM
LtDarkstar     
Verizon is crap anyways! Good riddance! Now if Verizon itself would shut down (wishful thinking I know). Verizon has some of the rudest employees I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

07 Nov 2012 07:33 AM
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