ICT’s international community expresses solidarity to Japan
Date: Tue, 03/15/2011 - 14:38
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré expressed sorrow at the loss of life, injuries and human displacement as well as the extensive damage to property and infrastructure resulting from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.
The Japanese Government has been informed of ITU’s readiness to provide assistance with emergency telecommunications required in assisting victims of the disaster and in the delivery of logistics. ITU is also ready to provide support in terms of damage assessment and rehabilitation of telecommunication networks.
Re-establishing communications is a critical tool in disaster management to ensure timely intervention and support for the victims and to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
AT&T offers wireless, wireline billing relief for consumers calling and texting family, friends in Japan
AT&T* announced it has implemented international calling and texting support efforts for U.S. residential wireless and wireline consumers trying to connect with loved ones in Japan, following last week's tragic earthquake and tsunami.
Effective beginning last week, March 11, and continuing through March 31, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for:
• International long distance usage from the United States and Puerto Rico to Japan
• Text messages to Japan, originated from a U.S. wireless number
In addition, and also effective March 11 through March 31, residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan:
• Upon receiving their wireline bill, customers may call AT&T to receive adjusted calling for up to 60 minutes. In other words, no charges for up to 60 minutes of call time from the United States to Japan between March 11 and March 31.
For any of the above activity, customers will either see no charges reflected on their monthly statement, or they will see a full credit applied to their statement for activity between March 11 and March 31.
"We want to help our customers connect with loved ones in Japan in anyway we can," said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Voice and Data Products, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "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."
Still available, AT&T wireless customers can text "redcross" to 90999 to give a $10 donation to help the Red Cross with disaster support efforts in the area. No text message fees apply.
And, TV Japan – the 24 hour Japanese news channel – is available for free through March 17 to all U-verse® TV subscribers, allowing viewers to follow the news and recovery efforts. TV Japan can be found on channel 3680.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Verizon Wireless provides quick and easy way to help Japan relief
Verizon Wireless has quickly implemented a mobile giving program for customers looking for a quick and easy way to contribute to Japan relief efforts. The company announced that customers can use their mobile phones to make $10 donations to a host of non-profit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Customers can easily make a $10 donation by simply sending a text message and may choose from nine organizations aiding those in need in Japan, including the American
Red Cross. Donating $10 is easy – simply text the specific word to the organization's designated short code:
• ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944
• American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999
• Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555
• GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
• International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888
• Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383
• Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
• Save the Children Federation, Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222
• World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555
• World Vision, Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222
LivingSocial and GlobalGiving team up for Japan relief
LivingSocial, the online source for people to find handpicked experiences at a great value, is working with GlobalGiving to aid relief efforts in Japan. Launched over the weekend, LivingSocial's website and daily emails feature a link for members to donate via GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving is helping trusted organizations like International Medical Corps, Save the Children and others on the ground providing immediate support to people in need.
"Major natural disasters always bring out the best in people. Like the survivors of earthquakes in China and Haiti, those impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan need international support to provide immediate relief services and long term recovery," said Donna Callejon, Chief Business Officer of GlobalGiving. "LivingSocial's 24 million members have the opportunity to help survivors and victims receive necessary services they so desperately need."
GlobalGiving is a trusted, Better Business Bureau-accredited; nonprofit that provides a platform for great organizations around the world to raise funds for their important work.
The mGive Foundation implements text donation campaigns to support victims
The mGive Foundation (www.mgive.org), the leading 501(c)(3) public charity enabling and processing mobile donation campaigns in the United States, has established numerous text-based giving campaigns for its nonprofit clients in response to the devastation from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
"There was no question what our mission would be when news of the earthquake and tsunami broke," said Jenifer Snyder, executive director of The mGive Foundation. "What matters most is not only setting up these powerful text donation campaigns, but getting the word out to donors so they can help the people in Japan to rebuild and recover from this tragedy."
The mGive Foundation, which fully vets and certifies nonprofit clients, is working with several nonprofits to process donations for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. For those who want to donate to the relief effort, a simple text message pledges $10.
Following is a list of the text donation options for nonprofits providing disaster relief to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan:
• Convoy of Hope, text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10
• American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
• World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555 to donate $10
• GlobalGiving, text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10
When prompted, mobile donors should reply with YES to confirm a one-time gift. The $10 one-time donation will appear on the donor's next mobile bill. All donations are tax deductible and receipts may be printed at mGive.org/receipt. Message and data rates may apply.
Nonprofits working with The mGive Foundation to support their mobile giving campaigns receive 100 percent pass-through of funds raised.
The 2010 mobile donation campaigns for Haiti highlighted the powerful potential of mobile technology to help relieve human suffering. The text message campaigns for Haiti conducted by charitable organizations and facilitated through The mGive Foundation raised more than $41 million.
Vonage offers customers free calling to Japan
Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of low-cost communications services connecting individuals through broadband devices worldwide, announced that it will be waiving per-minute calling charges beginning 8:30 p.m. ET March 11, 2011 until 8:30 p.m. ET March 18, 2011 for customers calling from their Vonage home phones to Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country today.
"We care deeply about our customers and want to ensure they can reach their loved ones in the aftermath of this horrific natural disaster," said Marc Lefar, chief executive officer of Vonage. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the earthquake in Japan and we hope this helps keep friends and family connected at this time of great need."
VIP Communications offers free calls to Japan
In response to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the Japanese cities of Sendai and Kessenuma causing huge amounts of damage and significant loss of life, VIP Communications, is helping the Japanese community in the US stay in touch with friends and loved ones back home.
The company is offering all new and existing customers the first 10 minutes of every call to Japan free of charge at least through Friday, March 18th, 2011.
"When we heard the news that Japan was hit with the largest earthquake in at least 100 years, and the massive tsunami that followed, our immediate response was that we had to do something that enabled our customers to call their friends and families, and provide support to those closest to them currently living in Japan," said Graham Milne, CEO of VIP Communications.