AT&T, Verizon waive fees to contact Philippines

AT&T, Verizon waive fees to contact Philippines

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A suvivor (L) talks to a relative over a borrowed mobile phone outside the office of the ferry company in Cebu City, central Philippines on August 17, 2013 after a ferry collided with a cargo ship and sank on August 16. Stormy weather forced Philippine rescuers to suspend a search on August 17 for 171 people missing after a crowded ferry collided with a cargo ship and quickly sank, with 31 others confirmed dead. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 10:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

   AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and texts until Nov. 30. Landline and U-verse voice customers will get up to 60 minutes of direct-dial calling to the Philippines. The offer is retroactive to last Friday. That was when the typhoon hit the island nation, displacing more than 600,000 people. Authorities fear that thousands were killed in the country's Leyte province.

   Verizon is waiving charges on residential landlines through Dec. 7, also retroactive to Friday. Wireless customers who aren't under prepaid plans are also eligible.

 

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