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March 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

After Japan quake, Verizon offers free calls, text to donate

Verizon customers can call Japan for free through April 10 through a program intended to help people contact friends and relatives in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

Verizon wireless customers with monthly plans can make free calls to Japan and send text and multimedia messages from the U.S. to Japan for free until April 10.

Verizon prepaid phone card charges for calls between the U.S. and Japan will be waived from March 11 to April 10.

FiOS TV customers will also get free access to TV Japan – at FiOS channel 1770 – through March 17, matching the offer made by Comcast.

Verizon also set up a mobile-giving program, for people who want to donate to Japan charities by sending a text message. If you send a message to the following numbers, you’ll be billed $10, which will be donated to the organization listed. Verizon said all $10 will be donated to the charities.

Verizon’s list:

– 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

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