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Carriers Waive Fees, Make Red Cross Donations
Also Allowing Users to Charge Devices in Stores
by Karl Bode 10:35AM Friday Nov 02 2012
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are helping Sandy victims by allowing customers to charge devices in stores, as well as giving customers some relief in paying bills. Until November 8, T-Mobile says the company won't be cutting off prepaid users in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania for failing to pay their bills. AT&T meanwhile stated that the company will extend its late-payment window for storm victims who are behind, and waive late payment fees until further notice. AT&T also said that the company will be giving a $250,000 grant to the American Disaster Relief fund. Time Warner Cable also announced that the company will be donating $500,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and $50,000 each to The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

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andyross
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Pre-charged batteries

Which carrier was it that had ads stating you could go to a store and exchange a dead battery for a freshly charged one for free? Of course, given that more and more devices have permanent batteries, it's not too useful these days!!

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Re: Pre-charged batteries

said by andyross:

Which carrier was it that had ads stating you could go to a store and exchange a dead battery for a freshly charged one for free? Of course, given that more and more devices have permanent batteries, it's not too useful these days!!

This is US Cellular.
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US Cellular. Can only do it 4 times a year. I've always gotten a brand new battery when I've done it.
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As far as I am aware, the only devices with permanent batteries are Apple ones - in my searching of current and older phones, they the only ones that the battery doesn't easily detach.
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Re: Pre-charged batteries

The Motorola Razr's also have sealed batteries

bobjohnson
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I applaud these companies!

This is certainly an awesome effort to help the families in their time of need! Thank you big, greedy telcos. /sarcasm

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Do what I have done.

I am often back in the back country fishing, or hunting and there is no place to plug-n-charge so I puchased a solar powered charging station, works great!!!!! Mine is built into a nifty backpack. Get one with an on board Lithium Ion battery pack and you are good to go.

»www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keyword···backpack
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Re: I applaud these companies!

It's very magnanimous of them.

bobjohnson
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Re: I applaud these companies!

said by jjeffeory:

It's very magnanimous of them.

Not quite. But it is nice of them.

Sevenbelow

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Throttling?

How about waiving the throttling limits for unlimited. Just got my first ever GB limit warning since this is my only internet connected device since Sandy.

I'll let ATT have it, but they did not seem to care.

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Re: Throttling?

Donating to the Red Cross is a scam. I remember when people donated billions to them for 9/11 and Victim familys saw less than a penny on the dollar.
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Re: Throttling?

said by HardwareGeek:

Donating to the Red Cross is a scam. I remember when people donated billions to them for 9/11 and Victim familys saw less than a penny on the dollar.

Life is full of inequities.. of the 100% to get services after the hurricaine.. the vast majority of them targeted manhattan, only to be embarassed by the news media that outer boroughs and other zones do exist and have problems too.

If you want to help, there are plenty of ways of giving DIRECT aid to those people without the help of a charity org.
Actually go there, find out what they need and give it to them. As the transportation bottleneck eases, this will be easier to do..
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That would be counter productive during a time when the networks are suffering heavy congestion because of people doing exactly like you or using it to communicate for emergency needs.
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Sprint

Where is Sprint in this? Looks like no love from them.
silbaco
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Re: Sprint

Give them time. They will do something. They won't be the only carrier not to respond.
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Boosted20V

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Why the Sprint omission?

Actually Sprint donated $500,000 and is waiving fees:

»newsroom.sprint.com/article_disp···_id=2448
Boosted20V

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Re: Why the Sprint omission?

I see there's no ambition to correct the article...