Verizon not charging some Hurricane Sandy victims for phone use

By Jon Hall,
Bills waived for some New York and New Jersey clients

Verizon has announced that it will not be charging some of its clients for their phone use during the time period when Hurricane Sandy was hitting the east coast. The noble announcement came from the company's support website on Wednesday.

"Verizon Wireless continues to focus its efforts to assist customers in the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. We announced November 4th that customers in portions of New York and New Jersey will not be billed usage charges for domestic voice and text usage incurred between October 29th and November 16th 2012. No action is required by our customers to be eligible for this program," Verizon Customer Support released in a statement.

Even more generous, the company is automatically waiving the charges, rather than having consumers file applications, however if affected clients are outside the designated areas, they can still call Verizon's 1-800 number and request that charges be waived.

This announcement comes after NBC News reported that Verizon deployed mobile charging stations to areas without power after Sandy hit.

As the Nor'easter approaches the same area, Verizon and other phone companies are preparing.

"All of our emergency plans and backup systems are working and ready and, what's more, they all have been recently tested. We are absolutely ready," Brenda Raney, a spokeswoman for Verizon said.

Nor'easter is set to hit the east coast Wednesday evening and in some areas, into Thursday. Safety precautions are already being implemented in the anticipated areas.

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