We all know the situation in Japan these days. The country was devastated by a massive earthquake (along with what seemed like countless aftershocks), a tsunami, and now… a bit of a nuclear crisis is on their hands. Yes, the country has been through a lot, and countries (and businesses) around the world are cuing up to lend a hand.
One such business doing their part is TELUS. They’ve stepped up to the plate to announce they’re not only donating $100,000 to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and UNICEF to help out with the relief efforts… they’re also matching fundraising efforts by its employees. Good on ’em! They’re also offering TV Japan as a free preview for Optik TV customers on channel 540. Good stuff.
If that wasn’t enough, TELUS has sprung into action by offering free voice calling to Japan for ALL subscribers. If you have friends, family or colleagues in the country, this is no doubt welcome news.
TELUS’ Shawn Hall commented on the news:
TELUS is making all consumer calls to Japan free through the end of the month, wireless and wireline. A number of our team members and customers have deep ties to Japan, and we want to support them in any way that we can. We are also looking at whether we can offer free text messages as well, but that proved technically impossible in such a short time frame over the weekend. “
So there you have it. Free voice calling to Japan for TELUS subscribers… but no text messaging… yet. I’ll keep an eye on this and let you know if TELUS (or any other carriers, for that matter) offer any assistance to help our dear friends in Japan.
Quick Note: If you’re on TELUS and would like to make a donation from your device, you can text QUAKE to 45678 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army in Canada. Alternatively, you can text ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross Society.