Verizon introduces cheaper Share Everything plan for $60, 250MB

The plan, which the carrier says is a limited time offer, caters to customers who don't need a lot of data, or still use a basic phone.

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Verizon's Share Everything family data plan is getting a little more affordable.

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The carrier said that starting Tuesday, Verizon customers will be able to sign up for a $60 Share Everything plan, $20 less than the current cheapest plan. Customers will only get half as much data -- 250 megabytes vs. the $80, 500 MB plan.

Verizon said that this offer will only be available for a limited time.

The lower end plan is ideal for basic phone customers who don't use a lot of data, as many normal customers would chew through 250 MB in a few days or less. Verizon still has a chunk of its customer base on basic phones, and is looking for them to upgrade to smartphones and sign up for one of its Share Everything plans.

The $60-a-month fee includes $20 for data, voice, and text messages and $40 for the smartphone access. Basic phone customers only need to pay $30 for their monthly access, which means their total monthly fee would be $50 a month.

Verizon, like some of its peers, have recently been more aggressive in making moves as a reaction to T-Mobile, which continues to make headlines with a series of promotions and offers, the latest of which is an offer to pay off the early termination fees for customers looking to leave their carrier.

On Sunday, Verizon told CNET that it had reduced the upgrade period under its Edge program to 30 days from six months, allowing customers to nab a new phone even earlier. The program does require customers to pay the full price of a smartphone, and customers looking to upgrade after 30 days would still have to pay off 50 percent of the cost of their phone, making for a pricey upgrade.

Customers can also add other devices to their $60 Share Everything plan, although at 250 MB, there isn't a lot of data to go around. Beyond smartphones and basic phones, tablets cost $10 a month, wireless LTE hotspots cost $20 a month, and other connected devices cost $5 a month.