Mobile Carriers Offering Support to US Consumers Affected by Ukraine Invasion – CNET

Mobile Carriers Offering Support to US Consumers Affected by Ukraine Invasion – CNET

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Some mobile carriers are offering support to US consumers affected by Ukraine’s invasion.

Angela Lang/CNET

Some US carriers are making it less expensive for you to communicate with relatives and friends in Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion this week.

 T-Mobile is waiving international long-distance and international roaming charges for calls and SMS made to and from US and Ukraine, the mobile carrier said Thursday. This weeklong waiver will be available to T-Mobile and Sprint postpaid and prepaid consumer and business customers until March 3. It also includes calls made within Ukraine to local numbers to cover roaming customers in Ukraine, T-Mobile said.

Other US carriers, including Verizon, are offering similar discounts. Mobile carriers in other parts of the world are also taking steps to support those affected by Russia’s attack. Vodafone, one of the largest carriers in Europe, is offering free roaming for any of its customers who remain in Ukraine starting Friday and “over the next five days,” the company said Friday. Calls and text messages for Vodafone customers trying to get in touch with friends and relatives in Ukraine will be free, the company said.  

This isn’t the first time mobile carriers have mobilized to help customers during a crisis. At the onset of the pandemic, when millions of people suddenly had to start working or attending school from home, internet providers including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile extended data caps.

AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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