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AT&T, Verizon Offering Free Calls and Texts to the Philippines

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, AT&T and Verizon are allowing its customers to contact their loved ones in the Philippines for free.

In a statement Tuesday, AT&T said its wireless customers will not be charged for any calls placed or text messages sent to the Philippines between Nov. 8 -- when the typhoon hit -- and Nov. 30.  Landline and U-verse Voice customers, meanwhile, will get up to 60 minutes of direct-dial calling for free during that time.

“We want to help our customers connect with loved ones in the Philippines in any way we can,” Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility, said in the statement.  “Connecting with family and friends is most important at times like this and we want to make it as easy and worry free as possible for our customers.”

Verizon, on the other hand, is offering free unlimited calls and texts for both its landline and wireless customers from Nov. 8 to Dec. 7.

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