AT&T announces free calls, texts to Japan


Dallas - AT&T is allowing its customers to call and text loved ones in Japan for the rest of the month.

The company announced Monday that wireless, postpaid AT&T customers will not be charged for international long distance on calls from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to Japan or for text messages to Japan made from a U.S. wireless number.

Landline customers can seek credit for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan, a release stated. AT&T says customers will either see no charges for up to 60 minutes of call time from the U.S. to Japan, or will see credits for the calling time applied to their statement.

"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."

The offer is effective for calls and texts sent between March 11, the day of the earthquake and tsunami, and March 31, 2011.

The company is also not charging text message fees for customers who text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to help the Red Cross with disaster relief to the country. Television customers with AT&T's U-verse service can also watch TV Japan, a 24-hour Japanese news channel, on channel 3680 for free through March 17.