Mobile phone companies waive fees and offer free calls to Ukraine

(The Hill) – The largest US cellphone carriers are waiving fees or allowing free long distance calls to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion.

T-Mobile announced Thursday that, until next Thursday, it will waive charges associated with international roaming and international roaming on calls and texts made between the United States and Ukraine.

“T-Mobile is waiving international roaming and international long distance charges for calls and texts made to/from the United States and Ukraine for postpaid and prepaid T-Mobile and Sprint consumer and business customers,” said the mobile operator in a press release. “This includes calls made in Ukraine to local numbers to cover roaming customers in Ukraine.”

Two other cellphone carriers joined T-Mobile on Friday: AT&T said it would allow unlimited long distance calls to Ukraine, while Verizon said it would waive charges for calls to and from Ukraine.

Beginning Saturday through March 7, AT&T said in a statement that it is “offering its home and business customers unlimited long distance calling from the United States to Ukraine.” This offer is valid for all AT&T consumer and business postpaid and prepaid wireless customers, as well as consumer VoIP and landline customers. Unlimited SMS to this region is standard with Mobile Sharing and Unlimited SMS plans.

Verizon said calls to and from Ukraine would be free between Friday and March 10, and added that voice and text roaming charges would also be waived for those in Ukraine.

“During these challenging times, customers need to stay in touch with loved ones in Ukraine,” Manon Brouillette, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, said in a statement. “Waiving long distance charges for customers calling Ukraine will help them focus on what matters: communicating with family and loved ones.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine continued on Friday, with forces from Moscow expected to attempt to seize the capital Kiev soon.


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