Major U.S. Carriers Offer Free Calling And Text Services In Aftermath Of Belgium Terrorist Attacks

Following the terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday that killed over 30 people and left many others injured, all four major wireless carriers in the United States—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon— are offering customers free phone calling and text messaging services to Belgium for various periods of time.

As it stands right now, Sprint is offering the longest period of free calls and texting. The wireless carrier said it will lift fees for calls and texts made from the U.S. to Belgium up through March 31. In addition, calling and texting charges for customers internationally roaming in Belgium will be waived. This applies to Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA, and Sprint Prepaid customers.


"This is an extremely difficult time for many of our customers who have friends and family in Belgium and need to keep in touch," Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said. We want to do what we can to show our support and comfort to Sprint customers."

AT&T offered up a similar sentiment, adding that in emergency situations such as this one, "text messaging is recommended due to the possibility of network congestion in the area." Either way, AT&T said it will credit both wired and wireless customers for calls and texts to Belgium up through March 28.

T-Mobile will credit calls and texts to Belgium between the U.S. and Belgium up through March 25, while Verizon will waive fees incurred for both originating from the U.S. to Belgium on March 22 March 22 and March 23. That also goes for landline customers.