AT&T, Verizon free texting & calls to Belgium

Posted at 9:07 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 21:07:43-04

In response to the tragedy that occurred in Belgium on Tuesday, AT&T and Verizon are offering customers the chance to reach out to family and friends in the country without worrying about large international phone bill charges.

Bombs exploded Tuesday at the Brussels airport and in the city's subway, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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AT&T said it will credit wireline and wireless customers for all calls and text messages to Belgium from Tuesday through March 28. 

"As we strive to keep in touch with friends and family there, hopefully this will provide some help," the company said in a release. 

For more AT&T customer information, click here.

Verizon said it's more than 170,000 employees extended condolences to friends and family in Brussels and Turkey. 

To support those affected by Tuesday's attacks, Verizon will offer free wireless and wireline calling from the United States to Belgium.

Verizon explained wireless users will not be charged for texts or international long distance calls starting in the U.S. to Belgium from Tuesday to Wednesday. Customers with home wireline telephones will not be charged for calls made to Belgium from a U.S. landline on Tuesday or Wednesday . 

Verizon customers can find more information here.