Verizon, AT&T waiving data overage fees in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew


With more that 1 million people without power in Florida and many displaced as a result of Hurricane Matthew, it’s critically important for people to be able to communicate with their loved ones and use their mobile devices to get important information. To help keep customers connected, Verizon is providing free service – data, text and voice – from October 7th through 11th – in impacted counties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Qualified Florida counties include:

  • Brevard
  • Clay
  • Duval
  • Flagler
  • Indian River
  • Martin
  • Nassau
  • Okeechobee
  • Osceola
  • Palm Beach
  • Saint Johns
  • Saint Lucie
  • Volusia
  • Putnam
  • Seminole


To help customers displaced and impacted by hurricane Matthew, AT&T is waiving data overage charges for customers in affected areas.  We know that whether you’ve evacuated to a safer place or are trying to stay connected to loved ones, you’re probably using your phone more and AT&T wants to help.

Here are the details:

  • Talk, text, and data usage from October 6th to the 9th will not result in overage charges for post-paid customers.**
  • For AT&T GoPhone customers, we’ll extend their payment date for voice and text service from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.
  • Cricket Wireless will not suspend customers for late payments from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.

This applies to residents in the following counties:

  • CLAY
  • LAKE
  • POLK

We ask customers to follow these tips to help keep lines open for emergency personnel, as evacuations, the storm event and aftermath all tax network resources.

  • Text messaging. During an emergency situation, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources. Nearly all of AT&T wireless devices are text capable. Depending on your text or data plan, additional charges may apply.
  • Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are trying to use their phones at the same time. This may congest the network, leading to “fast busy” signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.
  • Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. Limit your calls to the most important ones. Chances are many people will try to calls to loved ones, friends and business associates.

** Customer location and usage waiver will be based on account billing address. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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