US Carriers Offer Free Calls/Texts Following Ecuador Earthquake


After the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador just recently, the country can use any help it can get from neighboring countries and afar. Now, major United States carriers have announced that they are offering their services for free to assist the country in their own ways.

Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile made recent announcements that they are offering free calls and texts to Ecuador for now. The move from the major carriers will allow residents in the United States to establish contact with their family members and circle of friends that are located in the affected areas. The free service started yesterday and will push through until April 22 on AT&T, April 23 on T-Mobile, and April 24 on Sprint. Furthermore, subsidiaries of Sprint and T-Mobile such as Boost Mobile, GoSmart Mobile, MetroPCS, and Virgin Mobile are also part of the free service offering.

“To help our customers connect with loved ones, T-Mobile is making it free to call and text from the United States (including Puerto Rico) to Ecuador as the country recovers from a devastating earthquake,” announced T-Mobile.

AT&T also made a statement regarding its free service: “AT&T will waive or credit charges incurred for consumer calls placed by AT&T’s customers from the United States to Ecuador between 4/16/2016 to 4/22/2016 in the local time zone. This includes landline, texting, and mobility (Postpaid and GoPhone) calls.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those personally affected by the earthquake in Ecuador this morning,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “During this difficult time, we want to show our support for all Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile customers who may have friends and family in the region by allowing them to connect without worrying about fees.”

Facebook has also activated its Safety Check feature to help its users quickly inform their relatives and friends during such disasters.

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