March 16, 2011 | by Michael Heller
In an impressive gesture, all four major cell carriers in the US are now offering free calling and texting to Japan through March 31st. AT&T and Verizon had started this policy two days ago, and today T-Mobile and Sprint have joined in the effort. The policies for all carriers are retroactive, so any calls or texts from March 11th through the end of the month will be free of charge.
In addition to the major carriers, Cricket and MetroPCS have also adopted similar policies, with slight differences. Cricket is allowing free unlimited calling to Japan, but is not including text messages in the policy. Cricket’s offer is also not retroactive and only covers from today until March 29th. Cricket is also waiving any fees associated with making a charitable donation via text message. MetroPCS includes both calling and texting in their policy, but again is not making it retroactive. However, the MetroPCS plan is said to be in effect for 30 days (starting yesterday).
We here at Androinica wish the best to the people of Japan, and hope that any friends or family our readers may have there are safe and healthy.