AT&T suspends international fees ahead of Hurricane Patricia

Carrier will not charge extra for calls, texts to Mexico


SAN ANTONIO – AT&T announced Friday that it will not charge customers additional fees for text messages and international long distance usage for calls to Mexico as Hurricane Patricia makes landfall.

The cellphone carrier said customers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can make calls and send messages to friends and family members in Mexico without extra fees from Friday through Nov. 5. 

"It is our hope that family members can quickly connect with loved ones in the region as soon as possible," AT&T said in a statement.

The offer applies to all calls and texts place by AT&T wireless customers and GoPhone prepaid wireless customers. It also applies to any direct dial calls made by AT&T wireline and U-verse voice customers to Mexico. Additionally, AT&T wireless customers roaming in Mexico will not be charged for calls or text messages back to the U.S.

Hurricane Patricia is the largest storm ever recorded and is making landfall along Mexico's Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its 200-mph sustained winds and torrential rains.

Click here to watch livestreams of the landfall on KSAT.com.

Download the KSAT 12 Hurricane Tracker app on your smartphone for the latest on Patricia's trek across Mexico.

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