By Ashka Patel

High Desert Daily

Texts, Calls, Wi-Fi Calling Free to Japan

In the difficult aftermath of Japan’s earthquakes and tsunami, T-Mobile is taking measures to assist their affected customers and 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.

“During this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Japan,” said CEO and President Philipp Humm. “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.”

To Directly Assist Relief Efforts

T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid customers can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross. It will be charged to the T-Mobile phone bill, and 100 percent goes directly to the Red Cross. Even customers without a texting plan can do this without charge. Donations via text can similarly be sent to a number of relief organizations for free

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