Several services have denounced their international charges, as Paris attacks prompt companies to offer free calls and texts to France in order to lend support to friends and families.
- Google offered free communication toward France all through the weekend, only a few hours after the attacks
- Verizon will offer free of charge services for texts and calls to France until November 15th
- T-Mobile has made the same offer until November 16th
- Sprint has not named an end date for their free services directed toward France
Google, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile U.S. have decided to support their customers with friends or family in Paris, following the attack on Friday, November 13th. The tragedy has seen to 128 dead, and 180 more injured after a coordinated attack in six different locations across the French capital.
The numbers may yet rise after authorities have the full numbers and gain control of the unfortunate situation. President François Hollande has called a state of emergency, which has left millions of people worried within the European country. And, along with them, their families and friends across the world concerned about their safety and well being.
Nations have shown outpouring support to France, and many companies are backing their efforts. Just a few hours after the attacks, Google tweeted that they will be offering free calls and texts to France, be it through Hangouts or Project Fi. And, for the duration of this weekend, and venturing through Monday, more telecommunications companies have shown the same.
Verizon Wireless, has offered charge free international long distance calls from the United States to France, between November 13th and November 15th. All their 109.5 million customers can contact their friends or relatives through the weekend without a cost.
T-Mobile is offering the same deal for all citizens situated in the United States, including Puerto Rico, through the weekend and to Monday, November 16th.
Sprint, with their 58.6 million wireless subscribers have waved all international long distance charges, including roaming, SMS messages for all directed toward France. All prepaid or pospaid customers will, as well, benefit from the offer. This will include Sprint, Boost, and Virgin Mobile.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has offered his and his company’s support to the victims, friends, and families of the tragedy of November 13th in Paris. However, Sprint has offered no end date for their support and free services toward France.
Terrorist organization ISIS has claimed responsibility for the carnage in Paris, stating this it’s “just the beginning of the storm” for France and all supporters aiding with the war in Syria. Threats, terror, and fear are still their weapons, and voiced out their deadly intentions of continuing to see the high number of innocent victims still rise.
France has been shown exceptional support from the rest of the world. Over 1 million people came out to the streets and sent the ‘Not Afraid’ message back to defy terrorism, and state that they will not give, and instead continue to fight.
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