AT&T, Verizon Offering Free Mobile Calling To Japan


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In the wake of the disaster unfolding in Japan, AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon have decided to make all voice calls to the country free, retroactive to March 11, the first day the earthquake and tsunami hit.

Both carriers announced plans to let most of their subscribers call and text numbers in Japan for free, with AT&T’s promotion extending to the end of March and Verizon’s running through April 11. Post-paid customers who have already placed calls to Japan will see a credit on their bills, and both carriers are also offering free text messages.

Voice networks took a beating in the initial aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan, although the situation seems to have stabilized. Carriers are also letting subscribers send donations through their phone bills, and we’ve compiled a roundup of numbers that can be used for donations.

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