Update of 08/23/2021 at 3:53 p.m. Telus clarified that it, with its complementary brands Koodo and Public, waived overage charges on long distance and SMS / roaming packages to Haiti and Afghanistan. The $ 20,000 donation will go to the Veterans Transition Network to ensure the safe migration of Afghans coming to Canada.
Telus and Rogers are the latest Canadian operators to offer support for long distance charges to Haiti and Afghanistan.
In an email to TI World Canada, a Telus spokesperson confirmed that the company is offering “overrun assistance” for long distance calls, texting and roaming until mid-September. Telus also donated CA $ 20,000 to a few organizations to directly support relief efforts in Haiti.
In a Tweet, Rogers announced on August 22 that it was waiving all long distance and texting charges for both countries until the end of September. The same change was applied to Fido and Chatr, the complementary brands of Rogers.
Our hearts go out to those affected by the events in Haiti and Afghanistan. To help our customers reach out to loved ones, we’re waiving all long distance and SMS charges to both countries until the end of September for Rogers, @fidomobile & @chatrmobile customers. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/U903k76pUV
– Rogers (@Rogers) August 22, 2021
Bell was not immediately available for comment, but the company announced on Twitter that it had donated C $ 25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support disaster relief and to the True Patriot Love Foundation to help. to resettle Afghan refugees.
– Bell (@Bell) August 22, 2021
Other Canadian telecommunications companies have implemented similar policies. Last week, Videotron announced that it was waiving long distance charges to the two countries.
Over the weekend of August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti killed nearly 2,200 people and injured more than 12,000. More than 7,000 homes were destroyed, leaving 30,000 families homeless.
The Taliban took control of the Afghan government in mid-August after the group occupied the country’s capital, Kabul, as the United States withdrew its remaining forces from the region. The change of government wreaked havoc as Afghan residents rushed to flee the country.
The post has contacted Bell and Telus for further comment. The story will be updated once they respond.