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Sprint, At&T, Verizon & T-mobile offer free calls to Nepal after earthquake


By Nesh Pillay, Reporter

April 28, 2015 | 2 min read

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile – the four biggest US mobile carriers – will not be charging its customers for phone calls or texts to Nepal.

People have been trying desperately to reach family and friends in Nepal after an earthquake on Saturday claimed at least 4,600 lives. The death toll is expected to reach 10,000.

Other telecom carriers are also trying to help. Google Voice has reduced its call rate to Nepal from 19 cents a minute to one cent a minute. Meanwhile, Skype and Viber are both offering free calls and Time Warner Cable has cancelled fees for calls to Nepal from its home phone service.

Among those killed in the avalanches caused by the earthquake was Google executive, Dan Fredinburg.

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