So, after reading this forum, I went with the advice and went to a Samsung S7. I still have my mac and I figured I could just disable my Apple ID on my iPhone and the few errant messages would go to my mac. I guessed wrong. Any group iMessages I was a part of, I no longer get, i.e. group texts that iPhone converted to iMessages b/c everyone had iPhones - those messages just disappear into the either. I spent a lot of time with Apple tech support and their solution is basically that I have to contact everyone I know has an iPhone and tell them to delete any group messages with me in it if everyone has an iPhone. Ugh. Anyone find a better way? I still have my iPhone, but it is no longer active on the Verizon network.