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Verizon introduces a cheaper Share Everything plan

There was some good news this week for those smartphone owners who use their devices for voice and text but don’t use a lot of data. Verizon introduced a 250MB data plan for just $20 per month, which is half the cost of the previous cheapest plan.

One of the biggest concerns over the rush to smartphones and shared data plans is that the traditional cell phone user has been left behind. This is the person that uses his or her phone primarily for making calls (imagine that!) or sending the occasional text. For this person, 1GB or even 500MB of data is too much, and certainly the minimum $40 price tag that goes with those plans seems excessive.

Now, that traditional phone user (what’s the opposite of power user?) can still get a Share Everything plan but will pay only $60 per month ($20 for the data plan, plus a line access fee of $40) instead of the minimum of $80 that was in effect before.

While 250MB might not seem like much to the average smartphone user, it’s more than enough to handle text-only e-mails and the occasional web search. And all Share Everything plans have unlimited talk and text, so there’s no worrying about extra call minutes or sending a few extra texts.

The newer lower tier plan could be particularly good news for older couples or families that rely on their phones to keep in touch with each other but don’t use much data. It also acts as an incentive for those customers still using basic phones to make the switch to a smartphone with little or no impact on their monthly bill.

It has been a good start to the year for Verizon customers. The company is currently waiving the activation fee on all new lines under a limited time offer, and last week it announced that it had reduced the upgrade period under its Edge program from six months to 30 days. Whether you want a new smartphone every month or you just want to save a few bucks, Verizon is hoping that is has just the right plan for you!

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