Viber Offers Free Unlimited International Calls to Landlines and Mobile Phones in Countries Impacted by Donald Trump’s Travel Ban


The world is still reeling from the shock of last Friday’s Executive Order by President Donald Trump that blocks citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 3 months. The order’s execution by the US Customs and Border Protection agency has seen several people jetting into several airports in America from the 7 nations detained and some even deported.

The American tech community, a huge beneficiary of the talents of immigrants from some of the citizens of the blacklisted countries, has reacted angrily to the ban with several leaders from some of the world’s biggest tech companies, like Facebook, releasing statements condemning the ban while others like Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk are asking for suggestions to present to the President. Some, like Google co-founder Sergey Brin, personally came out to protest the travel ban.

Others, like AirBnB’s Brian Chesky are offering free housing to those stranded around the world as a result of the ban while others like Uber are promising to compensate their driver-partners from the affected countries who may not be able to make it to the States to resume their business operations in the 3-month period the ban is expected to last.

Not to be left behind, Viber, an application which provides users with the ability to make calls over the internet (VOIP) using either their computers or mobile devices, is promising free calls from the US to Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, the 7 countries whose nationals are temporarily banned from entering the US.

The CEO of Rakuten Group, Hiroshi Mikitani, which owns Viber, promised to deliver the service earlier today and as of the time of writing this, it is already live.

Viber, with over 800 million users worldwide, is one of the most popular apps that make it possible to make voice calls over the internet. Others include Microsoft’s Skype, the poster child of internet telephony services, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.