How to call friends, family in France for free following Paris attacks
NEW YORK — Customers of several calling services will be able to connect with loved ones in France for free this weekend following a series of unprecedented attacks in Paris that happened overnight on Friday.
128 victims are dead and 180 others injured, in the latest news confirmed by French authorities, following a series of six organized attacks in Paris. The numbers and death toll are expected to fluctuate as the situation becomes clearer.
In a press release, Verizon announced they would be supporting customers by offering free calling from the United States to France through the weekend to help them connect with family and friends.
“Verizon and our more than 170,000 employees worldwide want to extend our condolences and offer our support to all our friends in France,” a spokesperson for the company said.
Wireless customers will incur no charges for texts or international long distance calls originating from the U.S. to France starting Friday through Sunday. Home telephone customers can make free calls to France from their U.S. landlines as well throughout the weekend.
Sprint is waiving its international long distance, roaming, and SMS charges through Sunday as well. This waiver applies to all Sprint, Boost, and Virgin Mobile customers.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those personally affected by yesterday’s unspeakable attacks in Paris,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “Amid the chaos and devastation, we want to do what we can to show our support and comfort to all Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile customers.”
The popular voice/video call application Skype has also made all domestic and international calls to landlines and mobiles in France free of charge for the next few days.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by these terrible events in Paris,” the Skype team posted.