The three largest U.S. cellphone carriers said they are waiving charges or allowing free long-distance calling to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian Invasion.
Verizon will waive charges for calls from its postpaid consumer and business wireless customers and residential landline customers to and from Ukraine through March 10. The company is also waiving voice and text roaming charges for customers in Ukraine.
T-Mobile said last Thursday that, until March 3, it would be forgoing fees associated with international long-distance and international roaming on calls and text messages made between the U.S. and Ukraine.
AT&T announced it would be allowing unlimited long-distance calling to Ukraine. “This offer is valid for all consumer and business AT&T Postpaid & Prepaid wireless customers, and consumer VoIP and landline customers. Unlimited texts to this region are standard with Mobile Share and Unlimited Texting plans,” according to a prepared statement from the carrier.
Manon Brouillette, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, said “During these challenging times, customers need to stay connected with loved ones in Ukraine,” said. “Waiving long distance charges for customers calling Ukraine will help them focus on what matters: communicating with family and loved ones.”
A prepared statement from T-Mobile said, “T-Mobile is waiving international long-distance and international roaming charges for calls and SMS made to/from U.S. and Ukraine for T-Mobile and Sprint postpaid and prepaid consumer and business customers,” the cell phone carrier said in a statement. This includes calls made within Ukraine to local numbers to cover roaming customers in Ukraine.”