Verizon is offering a $20 per month data plan; Comcast has a $10 per month Internet plan for qualifying families. (WILFREDO LEE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Verizon Wireless announced Friday that it will offer a 300 MB data plans for smartphones and regular cellphones for just $20 a month. All data plans must be purchased as an add-on to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk or Talk and Text plan, which begin at $39.99 per month. Existing customers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina can access the new plans starting Saturday. New and existing Verizon customers nationwide can get the plans anytime between Aug. 18 and Sept. 30.

The plan is aimed at light-data users only — exceeding the 300 MB cap will trigger another $20 charge for another 300 MB.

For families surfing at home, Comcast this week also announced a $10 per month plan. To qualify, families must have a child who receives free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program. They must also have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service in the past 90 days and not have an overdue bill or unreturned equipment.

The plan also offers families the opportunity to purchase a computer for $149.99 and receive free Internet training.

Those interested in Comcast’s program can call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application.

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