California based SmartRoam, developers of the popular iPhone app ChatTime is giving new and existing customers, from 48 countries, free calls to Japan until the end of March. SmartRoam wants to make it easy and painless for ChatTime users around the world to reach out to their friends and family in Japan. Here is more info about the app:
All ChatTime users can call mobile phones and landline numbers in Japan through the end of March with no charges and no fees. ChatTime is also retroactively offering customers who have already made calls to Japan since March 11 a credit and waiving any costs associated with calling the country. Anyone that is not currently using ChatTime can download the app for free from the Apple App Store and also take advantage of free calling to Japan.
The countries eligible to call Japan for free are; the United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and United Kingdom.
Yes, thanks for the pointers. T-Mobile released the following statement on this:
T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to Japan and Wi-Fi Calling and Text Messaging Charges to and From Japan
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company is taking steps to provide relief and help customers stay connected to loved ones in the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
?During this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Japan,? said Philipp Humm, CEO and president, T-Mobile USA. ?Many of T-Mobile?s customers, their friends and families have been directly impacted by this disaster, and our promise is to help them connect with their loved ones.?
T-Mobile USA is enabling phone calls to Japan for postpaid customers without charges for international long distance through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011. T-Mobile postpaid customers can make Wi-Fi calls to and from Japan free of charge through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
Text (SMS) messaging is also free of charge to and from Japan for T-Mobile postpaid customers through March 31, 2011 and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
Ways Customers Can Directly Assist Relief Efforts If you are a T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid customer interested in helping immediately, you can text ?REDCROSS? to 90999, and your donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. This donation will be charged to your T-Mobile phone bill, and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the Red Cross. There is no per-text fee for this service for T-Mobile customers who do not have a messaging plan, nor will the text be deducted from your messaging plan. Similarly, you can send donations via text message to a number of other relief organizations. T-Mobile does not charge for text messages sent to mobile giving campaigns.
AT&T Supports Initiatives to Aid Japan Quake Victims
AT&T today announced it is supporting three international relief agencies -- T?l?coms Sans Fronti?res, Project HOPE and Aidmatrix Network -- to assist ongoing relief efforts for the victims of last week?s devastating earthquake in Japan.
AT&T said it is contributing to the three organizations, as it continues to support network communications and other initiatives to help global companies continue to operate in Japan, and to help people call friends and loved ones.
?Our thoughts are with the families of the people in Japan who have lost their lives, and those who are facing the challenges of these natural disasters,? said Laura Sanford, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Contributions. ?We are pleased to support these charitable organizations in their missions in Japan and around the world. We have a long-standing relationship with these organizations and we admire the excellent work they do.?
The AT&T Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S.A. continues to monitor and re-route traffic as needed so that businesses can operate and people can call in and out of the country.
The company said that all 142 AT&T employees in Japan have been accounted for and are safe.
AT&T is contributing $275,000 to the three organizations, whose efforts are outlined below:
? T?l?coms Sans Fronti?res -- the leading international humanitarian organization specializing in emerging telecommunications ? has deployed an emergency team from its regional base in Bangkok to assess the needs for telecommunications and provide emergency aid to the local population and the emergency workers.
? Project HOPE -- an international humanitarian aid and health education organization, is assessing the need for medicines and supplies for thousands of people impacted by the earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunamis around the Pacific Rim. Project HOPE is also in communications with PH-Japan, formerly named Project HOPE Japan, to determine how both organizations can work together to provide humanitarian relief to families and individuals devastated by the disaster.
? Aidmatrix -- an online community of more than 40,000 nonprofits, and corporate partners that work together to help with humanitarian crises ? has launched recovery efforts and reached out to 50 of the leading nonprofits, governments, and business groups helping Japan respond to the disaster. Aidmatrix has also launched a donation management program with their current partners in the region. AT&T employees are able to make gifts online to number of organisations. In parallel, AT&T in the U.S. is contributing the following to the relief effort:
? AT&T will donate 10,000 prepaid calling cards to the U.S. military for distribution to those supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Japan.
? AT&T has implemented international calling and texting support efforts for U.S. residential wireless and wireline consumers trying to connect with loved ones in Japan.
? Beginning last week, March 11, and continuing through March 31, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for:
o International long distance usage from the United States and Puerto Rico to Japan
o Text messages to Japan, originated from a U.S. wireless number
? In addition, and also effective March 11 through March 31, residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan. Upon receiving their wireline bill, customers may call AT&T to receive adjusted calling for up to 60 minutes. In other words, no charges for up to 60 minutes of call time from the United States to Japan between March 11 and March 31.
? AT&T has teamed up with the American Red Cross by collecting donations from U.S. customers to help provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of the disaster. To make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, AT&T wireless customers can text REDCROSS to 90999 to support the people affected in Japan. No text message fees will apply. So far our customers have donated over $1 milllion using this capability.
? AT&T has also made TV Japan, the 24-hour Japanese news channel, available for free to all U-verse TV subscribers so they can keep up with the latest news and recovery efforts from Japan. TV Japan is available to all U-verse TV customers for free through March 25 on channel 3680.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Verizon quickly implemented a mobile giving program to give customers an easy way to contribute to Japan relief efforts, made wireless calls and texts to Japan free, and waived charges for calls to Japan for most residential customers.
Today, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, announced it will match Verizon employee contributions to the American Red Cross, Save the Children and World Vision for relief efforts, $1-for-$1 up to $1,000 per employee, through the Verizon disaster relief incentive program.
Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, said, ?Verizon is committed to using its technology and its financial resources to support those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our employees have a long history of mobilizing quickly to assist communities in need, and we are proud to join them in this effort.?
Verizon employees can take advantage of matching contributions through the Verizon disaster relief program, while Verizon Wireless customers can contribute to the Japan relief efforts through their mobile phones. Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation to their choice of ten non-profit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami by simply sending a text message ? simply text the specific word to the organization?s designated short code:
* ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944 * American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999 * Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555 * GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555 * International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888 * Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383 * Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888 * Save the Children Federation, Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222 * World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555 * World Vision, Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222
Verizon Wireless always waives text-messaging fees for disaster relief, and 100 percent of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization. For Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills, the $10 donations will appear in customers? next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company?s prepaid services, the $10 donations will be taken from customers? prepaid balance.
In addition, Verizon is making it easier for customers to get in touch with loved ones in Japan with free phone calls and texts to Japan and also offering free access to TV Japan:
* Telephone Calls and Texts ? All Verizon Wireless post-paid customers will receive free calling to Japan from March 11 through April 10. Post-paid customers are those who receive a monthly bill from the company. In addition, Verizon Wireless post-paid customers in the U.S. will receive free text and multimedia messaging to Japan for the same time period. All calls made from a Verizon residential landline to Japan will be rated at $0.00 per minute, from March 11 through April 10. Customers with Verizon World Plan (300, 500 or unlimited minutes of long-distance calling) can call Japan without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks. * Prepaid Phone Cards ? Verizon Prepaid Phone Card charges for all long-distance calls placed to Japan from the United States will also be waived from March 11 until April 10. * FiOS TV ? Verizon is providing FiOS TV customers who are not subscribed to the channel free access to TV Japan through March 25. The channel location is 1770.