OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP/WVOC) - Sprint is waiving or crediting fees for phone calls and text messages made by its U.S. customers to the Philippines in the wake of a Typhoon Haiyan.

The wireless company joins competitors AT&T and Verizon in offering free service so that customers can contact family, friends and emergency personnel in the island nation.

Various text messages sent as part of seven mobile-donation campaigns to help victims during that time will not be charged standard text-messaging fees.

Phone customers of Time Warner Cable will also be able to place free calls this month to keep in touch with family and friends in the Philippines.

In addition, the Filipino Channel is being made available at no extra cost to digital TV subscribers through Friday to help provide more information about typhoon recovery efforts.