Telus, Videotron, Bell, Rogers and More Waive Charges for Long Distance Calls to Ukraine [Update]
With Ukraine under invasion from Russia, wireless carriers in Canada have started to waive charges for long distance calls to the nation under attack, to keep in touch with loved ones.
Videotron earlier this morning announced it would be waiving charges for long distance calls from Canada to Ukraine immediately, until March 31, 2022. Charges will be automatically cancelled for all residential, business and mobile accounts, says Videotron. No action is needed by Videotron customers.
Telus told iPhone in Canada in an email starting immediately, it will be waiving all long distance charges, including calls and texts, made from Canada to Ukraine until March 12, 2022.
No word on Bell and Rogers waiving charges, but they will likely follow suit, stay tuned for updates.
Update Feb. 24, 2:59pm PT: In an email to iPhone in Canada, Bell said starting immediately it will be waiving charges for all home phone and mobility postpaid long distance charges from Canada to Ukraine, until March 31, 2022. No action is required by customers, as charges will be waived automatically.
Update Feb. 24, 3:07pm PT: Rogers just announced it will be waiving all long distance and SMS charges to Ukraine, and roaming fees for customers currently in the country, until March 31, 2022.
Update Feb. 24, 4:29pm PT: Shaw says it will be waiving all international long distance and SMS fees for calls and text to Ukraine until March 31, 2022.
Update Feb. 24, 4:45pm PT: Freedom Mobile said it is waiving international SMS and long distance to Ukraine until March 31, 2022.
Update Feb. 25, 8:47am PT: Xplornet announced today it is waiving all home phone and mobility long distance charges for calls from Canada to Ukraine until March 31, 2022, applied automatically.
Update Feb. 25, 9:41am PT: Distributel Communications and Primus Communications, as part of the Distributel group of companies that includes Acanac, announced on Friday it will be waiving all long-distance fees for home phone customers for calls made to Ukraine from Canada, until March 31, 2022. All charges will be waived automatically.
Update Feb. 25, 2:06pm PT: SaskTel announced today it will automatically waive all long distance charges (postpaid/prepaid) for landline and business calls to Ukraine, plus international SMS fees, and roaming charges for calls, texts, and data overages for customers currently in Ukraine.
Update Feb. 25, 2:06pm PT: Ontario’s Execulink Telecom said on Friday it would be automatically waiving all home phone and mobility long distance calls to Ukraine, until March 31, 2022.
Update Feb. 28, 8:58am PT: TekSavvy will be waiving all long distance charges automatically to the Ukraine for residential and business phone customers, “until further notice,” according to a spokesperson.