Verizon wants to make the same app for Facebook Messenger that Apple does for Instagram, but it’s a different way to connect with friends.
Verizon is testing the new “My Verizon” app for both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and the app can only be downloaded from the Verizon app store.
Verizon will soon be offering the app for free, but users will need to buy an app subscription to get it.
The new app, which Verizon said will have about 50,000 users in the United States, has not yet launched in other markets, including the United Kingdom and Germany.
Verify app, iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and Samsung Gear watch, are some of the apps currently available for the Verizon App Store, though Verizon says it plans to roll them out in other countries.
Verizon has a strong foothold in the social networking space with its own Facebook app, the My Verizon app, and it’s been testing a new feature for its app called “Friends” that allows users to keep track of who’s messaging them in real time and add friends to their contacts.