Many of you might not be familiar with the Verizon Messaging app. It actually existed when I was still a Verizon customer 2 years ago but I didn’t learn about it until just recently. Verizon Messaging is an alternative to the stock messaging (sms) application that is included on most Android phones (with the Nexus 5 being one glaring exception). If you’re a Verizon customer, I highly recommend at least trying it if it’s available to you because it comes with a lot of cool benefits ranging from customizing it to a T and being able to log in to your Verizon account to send text messages from the phone. You can also install Verizon Messages on your Android Tablet for the same effect. This is something that the rest of us can get from your favorite SMS app and MightyText, but having it all in one place (being brought to you by the carrier who sends the messages) certainly can’t hurt. To add to that, Verizon Messages is getting a new feature this holiday season in the form of eGift cards.
Verizon Messages And eGift Cards
Verizon and Starbucks are teaming up this holiday season to allow you to send gift cards to your loved ones by text message this year. The Verizon Messaging app is adding a feature so that you can send gift cards to Starbucks for increments of $5, $10, or $25 to anyone in your contact list by simply clicking the button and sending the message. Gift cards sent through this application will be billed to your Verizon Wireless account, so you don’t have to worry about inputting payment information on the spot. Recipients can either just have the cashier scan the bar code from their phone to spend their gifted dollars or they can use their gift card on the Starbucks app and pay for their coffee and scones that way.
There’s no word in the press release as to whether Verizon Messages will ever be expanded to support other gift cards other than Starbucks, though I’m sure it would be a welcome feature from users, or if this feature will stick around past January. However, if you have a child in your house who is a fan of coffee, keep them away from your phone for the next couple of weeks.