Verizon to provide free voice calls between the US and Haiti

Verizon has announced that they will be waiving all calling fees for wireless and residential long-distance customers who are trying to reach those in Haiti until the end of the January.

Verizon Wireless customers with contracts or monthly bills in the United States will be able to make calls to friends or loved ones currently located in Haiti free of long distance charges. Customers who are currently in Haiti will also not be charged on any phone calls made to the United States. These calls will be rated at $0.00 per minute, with customers receiving a credit in future billing statements for any charges related to calls made to Haiti since January 12.

"Communicating and connecting families is essential to what our business stands for, and who we are.  During this major relief effort as communication systems are starting to come back on line, we understand the importance of being in touch with the people who matter most,” said Dan Mead, chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless.

In addition, Verizon is also waiving all long-distance fees on calls made to Haiti from a residential landline until the end of the month.

Verizon Wireless customers can help the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti by texting “HAITI” to 90999, which will donate $10 (which is added to customers' monthly bill). All text message fees are waived, and 100 percent of the donated amount goes to the Red Cross. Verizon customers have already pledged over $6 million dollars to relief efforts via text messaging.

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Nice to see the ones with money letting go of the purse strings......
but hey gonna take longer till the end of Jan to sort out that mess

I am glad as well on a side note.... Shaw Cable in Canada is doing the same thing and it's retroactive from the 12th of Jan.

mrmckeb said,
American's are making more out of this than they did when New Orleans was destroyed.

Thats becuase we had the means to fix it ourselves....Hati does not

mrmckeb said,
American's are making more out of this than they did when New Orleans was destroyed.

Much more people died this time.

mrmckeb said,
American's are making more out of this than they did when New Orleans was destroyed.

Good observation.
New Orleans is still in shambles btw.

mrmckeb said,
American's are making more out of this than they did when New Orleans was destroyed.

That's probably because the US is the most giving country (with data to back up that claim) and we as a people like to donate our money to worthy causes...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16638810/
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=736

Edited by Justin-, Jan 23 2010, 12:45am :

mrmckeb said,
American's are making more out of this than they did when New Orleans was destroyed.

As an American citizen, New Orleans was a tragedy for the residents, but rebuilding it struck me as a huge waste of time. Sentimentalism is a ridiculous reason to want to restart a life from scratch below sea level. If you're starting over anyway, why not actually care about your loved ones and do it some place safer?

An earthquake, however, is a very different story.