Heads up – Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are ending their COVID-19 relief measures from today onwards


Back when the COVID-19 pandemic began in the US, the carriers surprised us all by giving back to the people by allowing people to pay bills at a later date without terminating the service, adding extra data to capped plans so that people could stay in touch easier, among other things such as not charging late fees. Today is the day that the relief measures to ‘Keep Americans Connected‘ are beginning to be pulled, though, with the carriers getting back to the task of making money.

According to PC World, Verizon will begin terminating the services of those who haven’t pay their bills, with late fees also beginning to be charged from today onwards. If you’ve got an outstanding bill with Verizon you’d be best advised to get in touch with the carrier to find a solution, lest you get cut off.

T-Mobile’s postpaid plans were given unlimited data during the lockdown but that ends today with data caps coming back into force while the 10GB of additional fast hotspot data will be pulled in a couple of days.

Those with unpaid AT&T bills will begin being charged late fees and having their services terminated from today onwards although the carrier will continue to waive late fees for domestic postpaid plans for residential and small business customers. US Navy personnel will no longer enjoy free calls to land-based military bases, and the 15GB of additional hotspot data is also being removed.

It’s great that the carriers decided to give a little back during the lockdown, but it’s also important to know that the decision to pull the pandemic relief measures is an arbitrary one, in that the big three could choose to extend the benefits if they chose to. Anyhow, if you have any unpaid bills it’s in your best interest to get in touch with the relevant carrier to seek a solution instead of being cut off at an inopportune moment.

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