Verizon announced earlier today that they are making all landline and wireless calls from the United States to Chile free in the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that shock the country this passed weekend.  Calls made from now through March 6th will be billed at $0.00.  Calls made to Chile going back to February 26th will be credited back to Verizon subscribers bills.

Leading U.S. Wireless Company Reacts Quickly to Chilean Earthquake; Enables Mobile Donations to Habitat for Humanity and World Vision

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ — In the aftermath of today’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, Verizon Wireless has waived all calling fees for its customers trying to reach loved ones in Chile.

Starting immediately and retroactive to the time of the earthquake, Verizon Wireless customers with regular monthly bills can make calls to connect with family and friends in Chile at no cost when they’re on the Verizon Wireless network in the U.S.  Verizon Wireless customers with monthly bills who receive calls from Chile will also receive those calls free of charge.  The company is making calls free for at least one week.  Calls made while roaming are billed at normal rates.

Dan Mead, chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “At times of crisis, we spring to action. By acting urgently, we are helping families connect without worrying about cost.”

In addition, Verizon Wireless teams are working with international relief organizations to provide mobile giving options for customers who wish to donate to the earthquake relief efforts.  All Verizon Wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, including those formerly with Alltel, may contribute to Chilean earthquake relief efforts via their mobile phones.  To make a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity, text the word “CHILE” to 25383; to make a $10 donation to World Vision, text the word “CHILE” to 20222.  Customers will receive a text response to confirm the $10 donation, and 100 percent of customers’ donations will go directly to the relief organization’s efforts to help the victims of the Chilean earthquake.  Additional international relief organizations are expected to begin mobile giving campaigns soon.

Verizon Wireless donates the cost of the back-and-forth text messages.  Customers will not be charged for the text messages, and the $10 donation will appear on their regular monthly bills.

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