Phone companies step up to help Japan

Summary:Communication with those affected by the crisis in Japan is crucial, and most U.S. phone companies are stepping up to offer free calls and text messages to Japan.

The disaster in Japan is simply mind-boggling to watch from afar, even worse for those with family and friends in the country. Communication with those affected is crucial during times such as these, and most U.S. phone companies are stepping up to offer free calls and text messages to Japan.

T-Mobile today has announced free call and text messages to Japan, joining Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Comcast in the effort. AT&T and T-Mobile will offer the free service to Japan through March 31, while the others will provide it through April 11. Given the magnitude of the disaster it wouldn't be surprising if some or all of these companies extend that free service.

Way to step up and help those in need. T-Mobile customers can help by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 and a $10 donation to help Japan will be applied to your mobile phone bill.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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