05
Nov
V-CAST

It is profoundly unlikely that when you think about getting apps, you consider heading over to Verizon's VCast App Store. Apparently no one else was doing so either, because Big Red has announced via its developer site that it is shuttering the VCast store in January. I will give you a moment to silently weep before continuing.

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The VCast Apps storefront was delivered to a handful of Verizon's Android devices starting back in late 2010. At the time the idea was that users would charge app purchases and subscriptions to their monthly bill, which was not supported by the Android Market client at the time. Verizon controlled the ecosystem, and took a slice of the sales. As it turns out, developers were scarcely more interested in VCast than consumers were – the system never really took off.

Verizon will notify users this month about the closure of Verizon Apps, as the icon is labeled on phones. Apps that require subscriptions or monthly license checks will be removed from the store very soon to limit further purchases. In January, Verizon will start remotely removing the app portal from millions of handsets. This process should be complete by late March. I guess you'll just have to scrape along with Google Play, which conspicuously now has support for carrier billing on Verizon.

[Verizon, All Things D]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • jammer

    Maybe I'll turn on my old DROID2 in a few months to remove some bloatware.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      Or you could install CynogenMod provided that they support your phone.

  • letsplaaay

    Awwwww :( This is as much sad as when my friend got too drunk last weekend and had too much of a hangover to do anything next morning and I didn't give a fuck.

    • HellG

      Here 3 internets for you sir! well done ;)

  • GazaIan

    Awesome. Now get rid for all the bloatware.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      That'll never happen. I wish it would too, but it most likely will never happen.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    This will surely piss off the 20 or so people that bought apps there and now have to re-buy them on Google Play. This is a good reminder to buy apps from places that are likely to stay around for the foreseeable future.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      Well what if Verizon partners with Google so that you can get your apps again for free? Maybe it'll make some customers more happy.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Verizon has premium pricing for basic services and has no excuse for trying to rip off customers for so many years. As a bonus, this will be one less piece of bloatware taking up resources and pushing back updates.

  • http://profiles.google.com/petetandon Pete Tandon

    THANK YOU. The vz app store was a nightmare for anyone to use. Imagine having to upload a binary once for each and every of the 83 devices they had. And doing release notes each time too. It was NO WONDER no one wanted to use it at all.

  • corey

    Sad face I bought 25 monies worth of apps that I cant get back