April 29, 2015ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Beginning immediately, GCI will waive all fees associated with all international voice calls and texts to Nepal. The Alaska-based company hopes that this will make it easier and more affordable for Alaskans, whether they are currently in Alaska or roaming in the Lower 48 or Hawaii, to reach loved ones who have been affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25.
“Alaska’s climbing community was devastated about the news of the tragic earthquake near Kathmandu, affecting Mount Everest and villages throughout the Himalaya. There are many Alaskans who have loved ones in Nepal; either there as visitors or Nepalese,” said Matt Szundy, owner of Ascending Path and an Alaskan guide who has led four expeditions in Nepal. “Hopefully having a free means to communicate with their loved ones will offer some sense of hope and encouragement to those here in Alaska as well as those in Nepal.”
This free service, available through May 20, is valid for calls made from home phones as well as wireless devices. Free talk and text to Nepal is available to all GCI wireless subscribers including those who have recently transitioned from Alaska Communications, however prepaid users are not eligible.
“While GCI may be an Alaska company, it is important to remember that we are all part of a global community. We hope that by offering free calls and texts, Alaskans will be able to stay in touch with their loved ones who may be in Nepal during this time of crisis,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager Consumer Services Paul Landes.
Customers are not required to make any action on their account before calling or texting family and friends in Nepal, but those with questions are welcome to call GCI customer representatives at 907-265-5400 or 800-800-4800. Anyone wishing to support crisis relief in Nepal can visit the Red Cross website.
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Liz Baker, Thompson & Co. Public Relations