In light of the recent 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Italy just this week, all the major wireless carriers in the United States, namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, have revealed that they are planning to waive all communication fees between the US and Italy on a temporary basis.
Industry leader Verizon Wireless announced its plans to waive all voice call and text messaging charges from the US to Italy from August 23rd until August 26th. As for AT&T, the wireless carrier is now allowing its subscribers to make voice calls through mobile or landline or send text messages from the US to Italy from August 24th until August 28th, free of charge.
Subscribers of T-Mobile can now complete voice calls and send text messages from the US to Italy without expecting any charges until August 28th. T-Mobile has also decided to extend the same offer to customers of prepaid subsidiary, MetroPCS. Until August 29th, Sprint is also offering voice calls and text messaging free of charge to any phone number in Italy. Just like what T-Mobile did, Sprint has also waived its voice call and text messaging charges for customers of two of its prepaid brands, namely Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Moreover, for all subscribers of Sprint who are visiting Italy right now, know that all roaming fees for voice calls and SMS messages will be waived until August 29th.
As of today, efforts are still ongoing in trying to rescue people trapped under debris. Oftentimes in natural calamities, people are trying to get hold of family and friends, but with so many users attempting to contact their loved ones, communication lines sometimes get overloaded, and those most in need of assistance may struggle in calling for help. Still, aid organizations such as Lazio Region and the Italian Red Cross can still get have some mobile communication working through other means such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, or WhatsApp. In order to maximize access to whatever means of communication is available, households and establishments with Wi-Fi in Italy are being encouraged to disable their passwords, in order for the Lazio Region and the Italian Red Cross to make full use of whatever Wi-Fi connection is available.
The earthquake struck a group of mountain communities more than a hundred kilometers east of Rome, Italy’s capital city, very early last Wednesday while residents were still sleeping. The death toll has already climbed to 250.
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