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AT&T Does Free Calls to Japan from March 11

In a press release sent out today, AT&T announced that wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for international long distance for calls made from the United States and Puerto Rico to Japan and text messages to Japan originating from a U.S. number. Further, the carrier will be allowing residential, wireline customers to seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct calling to Japan. AT&T is saying these offers are in effect starting three days ago, on March 11, the day of quake and tsunami.

"We want to help our customers connect with loved ones in Japan in anyway we can," said Mark Collins, senior VP of Voice and Data Products at AT&T.

"Connecting with family and friends is most important at times like this- we want to make it as easy and worry free as possible for our customers."

AT&T has also teamed up with the Red Cross to allow people to donate via text message. Texting "redcross" to 90999 will mean a $10 donation to the Red Cross and no SMS rates apply.

AppleInsider reports that Apple is also accepting Red Cross donations through its iTunes music service. Users can donate in amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross. Apple has also said it will not share customer information with the Red Cross.

  • halodude23
    Some kinda trick from AT&T to improve their reputation LOL.
  • scook9
    Cute.....when most of the country is out of power and wont be receiving cell calls
  • shineon2010
    Better than nothing I guess, still very very sad of whats happened
  • and Verizon, I'm getting tired of the biased opinions here at Tom's about 4 years ago it didn't exist or at least I couldn't detect it. Now days, not a day goes by that I don't see something that looks suspiciously like Tom's got a cut to report the news/hardware a certain way.
  • tgsa
    And where's the other news that AT&T made this week? You know, the one about how they are creating data caps for home internet customers?
  • house70
    Nice of Apple to donate our money; how' bout them giving something? Kinda like 100% donation matching program?
  • Kryan
    "Texting "redcross" to 90999 will mean a $10 donation to the Red Cross and no SMS rates apply."

    so who is paying if "no SMS rates apply" ? AT&T? if so, respect.
  • eddieroolz
    This is good act by AT&T. Shaw in Canada is also doing the same thing.