Anyone in the New York/New Jersey region knows how hard it was to make a call or send a text message in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Simply dialing up your parents to let them know you were okay resulted in many a frustrating dropped call, “mobile network not available” message or weird busy signal. Not to mention that those who lost power were left without a way to charge their typically omnipresent communication devices.
Many of the big networks like AT&T and Verizon were severely impacted by the storm–this reporter still hasn’t been able to get reliable 3G service in Brooklyn since Sandy (don’t even ask about 4G). Now, Verizon wants to give back to Sandy’s victims by waiving all domestic voice and text charges for those impacted by the hurricane from Oct. 29 to Nov. 16.
According to a FAQ page on Verizon Wireless’s website, customers in counties across New York and New Jersey will be automatically eligible for the program, and they can expect to see no Verizon charges on their bill for voice and text during these dates (monthly rates still apply).
You can check if your county is eligible here.