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US carriers offer free calls to Mexico in wake of Hurricane Patricia

To help out with relief efforts in Mexico, major US carriers are connecting friends and family who may have been affected by Hurricane Patricia. The wireless networks will enable customers to send texts and place calls from the US to Mexico without charge until specified dates.

AT&T (opens in new tab)

AT&T will not charge customers extra for calling and sending texts to those who reside in Mexico. This charge waiver will cease on November 5.

Bright House Networks

For Bright House Network customers, free SMS and calls to Mexico can be enjoyed until November 5. It's noted in the company's announcement that those who place calls during the program will be issued with a credit on their account.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless customers will be able to send SMS and make calls from the US to Mexico for free through November 8. This is available to all rate plans.


Sprint will provide free calls and SMS to Mexico until November 4. The company also reminds customers of Sprint Open World, which would provide those who need to travel south with unlimied calls, texts and 1GB of data.


Until November 7, T-Mobile will allow its subscribers to send free SMS and place calls with friends and loved ones. The company already offers free calling and texting to Mexico with Mobile Without Borders.

Verizon (opens in new tab)

Home telephone users with Verizon can make free calls to Mexico from their US landlines until October 30, as well as those rocking mobile phones. Should you wish to make a $10 donation to aid efforts in the region, be sure to text "MEXICO" to 80108. You're able to donate a maximum of $20 (two SMS messages) per line.


Vonage has announced the company will waiver call charges to the affected nation until October 30.

  • Good to see the nicer side of corporations. Has to be noted Verizon came out looking least generous in that 'race', but that's nitpicking. Some extra data from all for those travelling there would also have been useful. Anyway - nice one.
  • Well Verizon already has free international sms so that's worth noting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Where's AT&T in all of this? Posted via the Android Central App on my HTC Desire 610
  • They're offering free calls too. Not sure why it wasn't mentioned.
  • They are offering calls and text to Mexico as well as no roaming charges from Mexico (call and text)
  • They were the first ones to announce it actually. Though it was mostly an empty gesture since they've offered "free" calls to Mexico every since they bought that Mexican telecommunications co. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder how many drug cartel beheadings will be thwarted by this storm.
  • And how many Americans will go without their drugs. Oh well Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • I know. Think of all the DTs we'll be experiencing.
  • This article is in the wrong language, homes. - I'm the guy at the bar turning the TV with his phone during your favorite sports game. -