Found this on Engadget this morning and it looks interesting so I downloaded it and will try it out. Says it supports group messaging and many other features.
Link to Engadget: Verizon Messages extends unified SMS and MMS to Android, iOS and the web (video)
Verizon Press Release: Verizon Messaging - Verizon Integrated Messaging
App Store App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....vzmsgs&rdot=1