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Viber Offers Free Calls to Iranian Landlines and Mobiles

Viber has fairly quickly rolled out support for free calling in the affected regions.Viber has fairly quickly rolled out support for free calling in the affected regions.

Mobile calling app Viber is the latest tech company to offer help to those affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration and travel restrictions. 

The company announced on January 30 that it would indefinitely waive the fees for calls to landlines or mobile numbers between the US and the seven countries impacted by the travel ban, including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Tech Cruch reported.

Similar to other calling apps, direct calls between Viber users are always free, but dialing out to a landline or a mobile phone via the “Viber Out” service would cost money. Viber typically charges a per-minute fee, which could be paid for via a calling plan or by purchasing credit to pay as you go. These rates would vary by the call’s destination.

Viber has fairly quickly rolled out support for free calling in the affected regions, and announced the move via Twitter and a simple informational website, found here. 

“In light of recent events in the United States, we are now offering free calls to any landline or mobile number between the United States and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen so that those affected will now have one less barrier to cross when trying to reach their loved ones.”

Viber’s offer is one of many demonstrations of support that directly impacts the immigrants and refugees, but it would not be surprising if others in the industry soon followed.

 

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