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Telcos credit calls to Vanuatu

Phone companies recommend people text rather than call.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees are crediting calls to cyclone-hit Vanuatu.

In Vodafone's case, a restrospective account credit covers mobile, residential and business calls made to landlines and mobile phones in Vanuatu. It applies to calls and texts made from 7pm Friday March 13 until 7pm tonight.

Spark's credit will apply to direct dial calls (00 and 0161) made from home phones to land lines and mobile phones as well as texts to Vanuatu over the same time period.

Vodafone and Spark have also offered its assistance to Vanuatu’s local mobile operators.  

2degrees is crediting all mobile voice and text  calls made to mobiles in Vanuatu between midnight Thursday March 12 through to midnight tonight.

"We’d recommend customers text if possible though so that it places minimal impact on Vanuatu’s networks," spokeswoman Charlene White says.

"In previous natural disasters our Pacific Island partner networks have found their networks can be heavily loaded and the priority at this time needs to be on emergency calling and disaster relief efforts."

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Telcos credit calls to Vanuatu