Verizon takes on SMS challengers with cross-platform Messages service

Verizon takes on SMS challengers with cross-platform Messages service

As non-traditional messaging services like Google Voice, iMessage, and WhatsApp continue to displace lucrative SMS services, carriers are looking for ways to hold on to what they have. Today, Verizon is announcing an update that brings its Verizon Messages (formerly VZ Messages ) SMS service cross-platform, letting you send and receive SMS messages from your computer’s browser as well as your iPad or Android device — phone or tablet. Messages that you send are stored on Verizon’s cloud service for 90 days unless you delete them, and can be saved permanently on an SD card if you want to keep them around longer. Can be set to send an automated reply when you’re busy Verizon Messages can also be set to send an automated reply when…

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Verizon takes on SMS challengers with cross-platform Messages service

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