Following up on our story yesterday on U.S. carriers offering free communication to Japan, T-Mobile has announced that it will also be offering its subscribers free texting and calling to recipients in Japan. The offer will allow T-Mo customers to make calls, both of the WiFi and cellular variety, and send texts to Japan free of charge until March 31st. They're also making the offer retroactive back to March 11th, so if you've sent any calls or texts since then, the fees will be waived.
It may have taken T-Mobile a little longer than the other carriers to announce their offer, but it's good to see them extending the offer to all of their customers. The full press release from T-Mo is available for your perusal down below.
UPDATE: Cricket has announced that they'll be providing free calls to Japan through March 29th. It's also waiving fees for short code text donations, but regular text messaging to Japan is not free.
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.