Long distance communication fees are the last thing on your mind when it comes to checking up on loved ones following the disturbingly frequent terror attacks of late leaving countries as diverse as Turkey, Iraq, Syria and France paralyzed with fear.

But for their part, US wireless service providers can do little else to help in such heartbreaking circumstances than ensure you won’t pay through the nose if you know someone in an afflicted area, and have to contact them ASAP.

Once again, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint temporarily bury the hatchet, pausing the marketing BS and taunting games to hook up their subscribers with free unlimited calls and text messages from across the US to France.

Oddly, T-Mo merely promises to cover your conversations with people in the Nice “area”, while Big Red, Ma Bell and the Now Network are more generous and unambiguous, waiving charges incurred for wireline and wireless calls, as well as texts sent all around France.

Three of the “big four” carriers will keep the promotion going until July 17, with VZW as always in a rush to wrap things up as early as tomorrow, July 16. Finally, Google is yet to issue an expiration date for a special offer comprising free Hangouts, Google Voice and Project Fi calls to France from “anywhere in the world those services are supported.”

Sources: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google

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