Verizon, Sprint to allow free calls, texts to France in wake of Paris attacks

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PARIS — Two major phone carriers are giving customers the opportunity to connect with loved ones in France free of charge.

Sprint announced Saturday that effective Nov. 13, all Sprint postpaid and prepaid customers anywhere around the world will receive free international calls to France.

“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.”

Verizon followed suit saying that the company would support free calling and text messaging over the weekend from the US to France.

Verizon customers have until Sunday for the free calls. Sprint has not determined when the end date of free international long distance usage.

AT&T and T-Mobile have not made statements about international calls.

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