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AT&T, Verizon Help Customers Connect with Philippines

AT&T is helping customers reach out to friends and family in the Philippines who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.

The carrier won’t charge its postpaid customers for long-distance calls made from a wireless number in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to the Philippines between Nov. 8 and Nov. 30. Texts to the Asian nation will also be free.

AT&T is waiving up to one hour of charges for its wireline and U-verse Voice customers calling the Philippines until the end of the month. Customers will either see no charges for these calls reflected on their monthly statement, or they will receive a credit in a later statement.

The company also is making a $25,000 contribution to AmeriCares, which is responding to the tragedy. AT&T wireless customers can text AID” to one of the numbers below to give a $10 donation to help with disaster support efforts in the area. No text message fees apply.

  • Text AID to 50555 to give a $10 donation to Operation USA
  • Text AID to 80077 to give $10 to HOPE Worldwide
  • Text AID to 27722 to give $10 to World Food Program USA
  • Text AID to 80108 to give $10 The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund (U.S .State Dept Campaign)

Verizon made a similar announcement on Tuesday regarding free calls and texts to the Philippines, good until Dec. 7. The company said it’s giving $100,000 to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

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