Cricket Customers Can Make Free Phone Calls to Friends and Family in Japan

Another cell phone provider has stepped up to offer free calls to friends and family in japan, Cricket.

Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEAP), today announced that Cricket customers can make unlimited free calls to Japan to check in with friends and family following last week’s major earthquake and tsunami. The feature has been activated for all Cricket voice-plan customers effective immediately and will continue through midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. 



In addition to providing free calling to Japan, Cricket is also participating in several text message donation programs in order to provide its customers with the ability to make a donation to help those affected by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear explosions.  These programs allow Cricket customers with text messaging capabilities to make a $10 donation directly from their phone by texting a key word to a specified short code (see below for supported initiatives).  Donations will be debited from the customer’s prepaid Flex Bucket or Cricket PayGo account.

Organization: American Red Cross Relief


Short Code: 90999

Organization: World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals

Keyword: WAVE

Short Code: 50555

Organization: Convoy of Hope


Short Code: 50555

Organization: Global Giving

Keyword: JAPAN

Short Code: 50555

To donate any dollar amount of their choice and/or find out more about the charitable efforts of the above organizations, customers can contact the following:

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