More US companies offer free calls to PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2013 06:38 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2013 02:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines - More US companies are offering its US-based customers free calls and text messaging to the Philippines.

Sprint said it is waiving and crediting fees for calls and text messages made by Sprint customers from the US to the Philippines - retroactive from Friday, Nov. 8 and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The company said it hopes to aid customers who are contacting family and friends in typhoon-hit Philippines.

Also, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA text messages sent to and from the following disaster-relief short codes and mobile-donation campaigns will not be charged standard text-messaging fees:

Text AID to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA

Text AID to 80077 to donate $10 to HOPE Worldwide

Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 to World Food Program USA

Text AID to 80108 to donate $10 to Foundation Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund

Text HOPE to 777444 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision

Text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10 on behalf of UNICEF

Text RELIEF to 25383 to donate $10 to Catholic Relief Services

The Sprint Foundation is making a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal Fund, and will match - up to $25,000 - American Red Cross disaster-relief donations made by Sprint employees and retirees, and members of the Sprint board of directors.

"It is Sprint`s hope that this support to our customers and the American Red Cross significantly helps those who need it the most, and assists family, friends and emergency personnel affected by this devastating typhoon stay connected, safe and informed," said Bill White, Sprint senior vice president-Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.

At the same time, Cox Communications said up to 60 minutes of calls placed by its residential long distance customers in the US to the Philippines will be free through November 30, 2013.

The program will be retroactive to November 8, 2013 and is automatic for all Cox Digital Telephone customers with Cox Long Distance.

"The entire Cox Communications family extends its sincere thoughts to our customers and communities who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan," said Cox President Pat Esser. "We want to make it easy for Cox customers to connect with their loved ones in the Philippines. We hope that free calling will do just that."

Earlier this week, Cox Communications will make The Filipino Channel available free to all digital customers in the markets where available through November 15, 2013.

AT&T and Time Warner Cable had earlier allowed its US customers to call and text their relatives and friends in the Philippines for free for the rest of the month.