It’s become a normal reaction of US and international wireless carriers, as well as companies like Microsoft, to both natural and man-made disasters to ensure easy, hassle-free and economical communication between people potentially afflicted by said hazards and loved ones. Almost too normal.
Unfortunately, there’s not much else Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can do in the wake of the tragic June 28 Istanbul airport bombings than waive fees typically associated with voice and text conversations from the US to Turkey.
Interestingly enough, Sprint is the only operator in the American “Big Four” group willing to go both ways, and also suspend international long distance, roaming and SMS charges from the terror-stricken Eurasian country all the way through July 5.
T-Mobile, meanwhile, is making it free to call and text from the US to Turkey until the same date, i.e. next Tuesday, for all Simple Choice customers, plus MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile, and WalMart Family Mobile users.
AT&T’s landline, texting, and mobility call-including offer for its postpaid and GoPhone customers will expire on June 30, i.e. tomorrow, and finally, Verizon is literally hours away from returning to its normal international long distance call and text billing structure. A little soon to be already moving on, Big Red.