AT&T Gives Customer Billing Break to Call the Philippines
Monica Link Nov. 21, 2013, 2 p.m.
In the wake of the natural disaster in the Philippines, AT&T is giving its customers a break on their bill. The company announced that it will waive fees for international calling and texting for customers trying to connect with family and friends in the Philippines. From Nov. 8 until Nov. 30, customers calling from AT&T wireless phones in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not be charged for the calls. AT&T’s wireline and U-verse will receive 60 minutes of free service to make phone calls to the area damaged by the recent typhoon.
The company also pledged a $25,000 donation to AmeriCares to support relief efforts in the Philippines. The company is also encouraging its wireless customers to give support in the wake of the disaster. Consumers on AT&T’s network can text to a list of phone codes to give a $10 donation to the relief efforts. The numbers are posted on the company’s website.
“We want to help our customers connect with loved ones in the Philippines in any way we can,” Mark Collins, senior vice president of data and voice products at AT&T Mobility, said. “Connecting with family and friends is most important at times like this, and we want to make it as easy and worry-free as possible for our customers.”