In the wake of the recent natural disaster in Chile, Verizon has decided to make calls to and from Chile free till everything gets back to normal. The free calls will apply to monthly customer of Verizon Wireless in US, who make or receive call on the network to or from Chile.
The press release which went out earlier today, has this to say:
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.
Definitely good to see someone taking an initiative in the time of crisis. In addition to that, 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 CHILEto 25383; to make a $10 donation to World Vision, text the word CHILEto 20222.