AT&T makes calling to Japan free in March, tech companies donate resources to help the Japanese

AT&T makes calling to Japan free in March, tech companies donate resources to help the Japanese
UPDATED: Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are all doing their part now, by offering free calls and text messages to Japan for the month of March as well.

AT&T has been generous enough to open its network for calls and texts to Japan free of charge for the whole month of March, which can be a huge cost-saver for anybody in the US with friends and relatives in Japan.

Google, Apple, Twitter and Microsoft, among others, are all donating fundraising efforts for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

Google has started a few initiatives in the first hours after the tsunami, with its Japan Crisis Response page, and also bringing its People Finder service front and center. The search giant also donated $250 000 to relief agencies.

Twitter has set up a pool of resources for information about the developments: "In it you can find which hashtags people are using to communicate about the earthquake, learn about a new section of our mobile website (available for users in Japan) that has the latest information about the earthquake, and discover useful message boards and other sites. We'll be updating this blog post as we discover more tools and useful information.", said Twitter's Carolyn Penner.

Apple used its millions of iTunes accounts to set up a donation service, with the proceeds going directly to the Red Cross, for the disaster relief efforts. Microsoft, in its turn, offered a $1 for every retweet, which @bing was to give to the Japanese quake victims. The $100 000 goal of that effort has been met.

source: PCMag & Engadget

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9 Comments

1. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Our prayers go out to eveyone in Japan during this catastrophic disaster.

2. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

VZW is doing this as well and texting also. I don't know anyone in japan but for people that do the cell phone companies that do this are doing the right thing.

3. Sawako unregistered

It is very good service, but please DON'T CALL to Japan UNNECESSARILY. It's difficult to get a connection even within Japan now. Your kind understanding help more people in critical situation.

4. Takako unregistered

We really appreciate America's and other country's help and support. Thank you so much!

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Where was our free calls and text's to Haiti when the earthquake stuck over there??? or The one in Chile or the big fuss in Egypt, or All the problems in the Underdeveloped countries that it faces each day instead of once every so years??? I find these companies exploiting this situation to make themselves look good. Shame on you ATT and Verizon.

6. godlymagic unregistered

Actually when the earthquake STRUCK, not stuck, on January 12, 2010, AT&T offered to credit up to 60 minutes of calls and up to 60 international long distance text messages per line from the U.S., Puerto Rico, and USVI to Haiti for periods 01/12/2011 to 01/31/2011. This was offered to residential and landline customers and went through until 01/31/2010. In addition, AT&T also donated $50,000 to this relief and ran a text to donate campaign.

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

50,000$ is nothing to the multi-billion $ they have. And again the underdeveloped countries suffer EACH DAY not once every so years. ATT only comes to help when it see's an opportunity to glorify itself.

8. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

actually they did give free calls to Haiti

9. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

they charged my neighbor big* time.

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