Ativ Odyssey: Portico and still no Group Messaging

I was in the Verizon store today because my dad is shopping for a new phone (I was steering him towards a L822) and managed to get a peek at the Odyssey to confirm that while it does have portico out of the box, Verizon has not re-enabled the group messaging. This says to me that it's unlikely the update will restore the function for the 8X and 822. The update is already weeks late and I thought if they were actually fixing the one big screwup they made the delay would be justified, but now it looks like they're going to have no excuse whatsoever for the delay and still haven't given a straight answer on why the group messaging was disabled to begin with.