AT&T, Vodafone, Other Telcos Offer Free Calls to Ukraine; There are no roaming charges

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From Deutsche Telekom to AT&T to Vodafone, more than a dozen telecom providers on both sides of the Atlantic are either offering free international calls to Ukraine or are waiving roaming charges with the country.

European telecoms lobby group ETNO said an internal poll showed at least 13 of its members took action to help Ukrainians following Russia’s invasion of the country, while more are expected to do the same in the coming days.

These are Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telia Company, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Telenor, Proximus, KPN, Vodafone, Vivacom, TIM Telecom Italia, Altice Portugal and Swisscom.

Some of the offers include providing SIM cards to refugees in neighboring countries, free WiFi in refugee camps, enabling the “SMS Donate” feature to support organizations helping refugees, and including Ukrainian channels in IPTV packages for free, said ETNO.

US telecoms giant AT&T announced last week that its US home and business customers will get unlimited long-distance calling to Ukraine through March 7.

Verizon announced that it is waiving charges for calls to and from Ukraine from home landlines and personal or business cell phones until March 10. It also scrapped voice and text roaming charges for customers in Ukraine.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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