In response to developments in Ukraine, Verizon will waive charges for calls from its postpaid consumer and business wireless customers and residential landline customers to and from Ukraine, from February 25 through March 10. The company is also waiving voice and text roaming charges for customers in Ukraine.
As part of this announcement by Verizon, wireless consumer and business customers as well as residential landline customers can call to Ukraine for free.
“During these challenging times, customers need to stay connected with loved ones in Ukraine,” said Manon Brouillette, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. “Waiving long distance charges for customers calling Ukraine will help them focus on what matters: communicating with family and loved ones.”
Beginning today, Friday (Feb. 25), all calls made from Verizon residential landline, and consumer or business wireless phones to Ukraine will be rated at $0.00 per minute. It also includes calls made within Ukraine. Additionally, customers with international coverage plans can call Ukraine without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.
AT&T Supports Ukraine
AT&T is supporting efforts to keep its customers connected to their loved ones during the recent events in Ukraine.
Beginning February 26, 2022 through March 7, 2022, we’re offering our consumer and business customers unlimited long distance calling from the U.S. to Ukraine. This offer is valid for all consumer and business AT&T Postpaid & PREPAID wireless customers, and consumer VoIP and landline customers. Unlimited texts to this region are standard with Mobile Share and Unlimited Texting plans.
Customers may still receive alerts during these dates, but accounts will reflect the credits and/or waived voice charges.
Telecoms in Ukraine
Telecommunications is one of the most modern, diverse and fast-growing sectors in the economy of Ukraine. Unlike country’s dominating export industries, the telecommunications, as well as the related Internet sector, remain largely unaffected by the global economic crisis, ranking high in European and global rankings.
The industry also leads in demonopolization of Ukraine’s economy as Ukrtelekom (once the country’s sole telephone provider) was privatized, and is now losing its retail market share to independent, foreign-invested private providers.
The entire population of Ukraine now has telephone and/or mobile phone connection. Internet access is universally available in cities and main transport corridors, expanding into smaller settlements.