Microsoft helps families of earthquake victims with free Skype calls to Mexico

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The horrible natural disasters keep coming, folks. Regardless of what is causing them, one thing is certain -- the victims need help. Thankfully, people and organizations seemingly have deep pockets this year when it comes to helping their fellow man. Heck, some companies have also offered complimentary products and services too.

One of the most recent tragedies is the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico. If you haven't seen any footage, please know that it is bad. Like, really bad. Buildings have collapsed on people, including children, and the death toll is expected to climb very high. If you have any loved ones in the affected areas of Mexico, and you need to reach them to be sure they are safe, Microsoft has your back. It has enabled free calls using its Skype service.

"In light of the devastating earthquake that has taken place in Mexico -- and the subsequent impact to the local communications infrastructure -- domestic and international calls made via Skype to landlines and mobiles in the affected Mexico regions are free of charge until further notice. This is effective immediately; the list of area codes are below. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the earthquake. We hope this helps you reach loved ones, friends, and colleagues in Mexico," says The Skype Team.

The team shares the eligible area codes below.

  • Mexico City: 55
  • Morelos: 734, 751, 731, 735, 739, 737, 769, and 777
  • Oaxaca: 995, 994, 972, 971, 958, 954, 953, 951, 924, 757, 287, 283, 281, 274, and 236
  • Estado de Mexico: 718, 716, 725, 724, 726, 597, 599, 712, 717, 722, 761, 714, 595, 723, 593, 588, 711, 729, 721, 728, 596, 591, 592, 427, 767, 719, 594, and 713
  • Chiapas: 918, 919, 962, 966, 961, 964, 994, 916, 967, 963, 968, 965, 932, 992, 934, and 917
  • Puebla: 953, 797, 776, 764, 746, 282, 276, 275, 249, 248, 245, 244, 243, 238, 237, 236, 233, 232, 231, 227, 224, 223, and 222

If you are interested in taking advantage of the free calls, but have never used Skype before, do not panic. Simply follow the helpful instructions here after setting up an account.

Want to help the victims of this earthquake? You can donate money to the Mexico Earthquake Children's Relief Fund here.

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