Following the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6th, 2023, several Canadian carriers announced plans to temporarily waive long-distance calls and SMS fees to both countries.
The @RogersHelps Twitter account said that Rogers would waive long-distance calls and SMS for Rogers, Fido and Chatr customers to both Turkey and Syria until February 28th, 2023.
To help Canadians stay connected to loved ones following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Rogers is temporarily waiving long-distance calls and SMS for Rogers, Fido and chatr customers to both countries until Feb 28, 2023. pic.twitter.com/tUnW3GYJ2Y
— RogersHelps (@RogersHelps) February 7, 2023
Vancouver-based Telus said in a tweet that it would waive “all long-distance and roaming charges, including calls and texts to and from Turkey and Syria.” The carrier also noted that customers could text ‘DONATE’ to 41010 to give $20 to the Telus Friendly Future Foundation in support of earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria.
Our hearts are with those affected by the tragic earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. pic.twitter.com/Etnkj2nEFQ
— TELUS (@TELUS) February 6, 2023
Vidéotron will also waive call charges to both Turkey and Syria until February 28th.
To help members of the Turkish and Syrian communities in Canada stay in touch with their loved ones during this difficult time, Videotron is waiving call charges to both countries until February 28. #TurkeyEarthquake #Syria
— Videotron (@Videotron) February 6, 2023
Update 2023/02/08 at 9:16am ET: Bell added a notice to its website that it will waive all home phone and mobility postpaid long distances charges for calls and texts from Canada to Turkey and Syria until February 28th, 2023. A similar notice appeared on the website of Bell’s flanker brand Virgin Plus.
The Saskatchewan-based telecom provider is waiving fees for long-distance calls and text messages.
🇸🇾🇹🇷 Today, SaskTel announced that it will waive long-distance and text messaging fees to ensure its customers can connect with family and friends impacted by the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
— SaskTel (@SaskTel) February 8, 2023
Update 2023/02/08 at 4:34pm ET: The article has been updated with information from SaskTel.
Update 2023/02/09 at 9:32am ET: Freedom Mobile added a notice to its website that it will waive long distance charges for calls and texts to Turkey and Syria until February 28th.