If you don't want to use Verizon Messages application, there are other options. The default messaging application from the manufacturer of your phone is one option. The Google Messages application is another option.
I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.
- Switching to Sprint isn't my main question. How to deal with this annoying Message plus is the problem. I want to go back to what I had. We weren't even given a choice.
What is it about Message+ that is annoying to you? What did you have before that you would like to go back to? As @Ann154 says, you DO have a choice of what messaging app you use. What makes you think you weren't even given a choice?