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Verizon Makes Calls and Texts to Japan FREE Through April 10

If you have family or friends in Japan dealing with the aftermath of this latest earthquake/tsunami and are a Verizon Wireless customer, you can call, text and multimedia message them for free until April 10.  The company is also providing FiOS customers with access to channel 1770, TV Japan, to keep up with all of the coverage of this devastating situation.  


Verizon Wireless Customers Can Text to Japan for Free

NEW YORK – To help its customers contact loved ones in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Verizon is making calls to Japan free for most wireless and residential customers through April 10.

All Verizon Wireless post-paid customers will receive free calling to Japan from March 11 through April 10.  Post-paid customers are those who receive a monthly bill from the company.  In addition, Verizon Wireless post-paid customers in the U.S. will receive free text and multimedia messaging to Japan for the same time period.

Verizon Wireless has also made it easy for customers to text donations to a host of non-profit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.  Customers can easily make a $10 donation by simply sending a text message and may choose from 10 organizations aiding those in need in Japan.

All calls made from a Verizon residential landline to Japan will be rated at $0.00 per minute, from March 11 through April 10.  Customers with Verizon World Plan (300, 500 or unlimited minutes of long-distance calling) can call Japan without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.

Additionally, Verizon Prepaid Phone Card charges for all long-distance calls placed to Japan from the United States will also be waived from March 11 until April 10.

The company is also providing FiOS TV customers who are not subscribed to the channel free access to TV Japan through March 17.  The channel location is 1770.

* Only long-distance usage charges associated with calls made from residential landlines terminating to wireline or wireless destinations in Japan will be waived from Mar. 11 – April 10.  All other fees including taxes, surcharges, monthly recurring charges (MRCs), minimum spend levels (MSLs), monthly minimum charges (MMCs), etc will continue to apply.  Post-paid calling card charges to Japan will also be waived.

** If long distance calling fees were charged, credits will be issued in a future bill statement.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving 94.1 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit verizon.com/news.

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  • Blue-adept

    This is what happens when there is no competition. FU VZW

  • Thank you Verizon. I got another option and I called my husband. Everything is fine there.

  • Charlie

    Quote: “* Only long-distance usage charges associated with calls made from residential landlines terminating to wireline or wireless destinations in Japan will be waived from Mar. 11 – April 10.”

    Does this mean that I cannot call Japan from my Droid for free??

  • Mr. Joe

    Does that mean I can call random places in Japan for FREE?

  • Anonymous

    This is a great thing and every carrier should do this.

  • Anonymous

    Nice move, AT&T also announced this earlier.

  • That’s awesome verizon, now I can let my bf use my phone to try and get in touch with family members again free of charge.

  • way to step up to the plate VZW

  • Tom

    Ya VZW!

    • tjhrulz

      They copied AT&T

  • Thomas Clinard

    Great news. I don’t have to watch my Google Voice minutes. Hoping for the best my family in Shizugawa are ok….

    • OreoMan

      Way to step up VZW!! Hope you hear something positive soon Thomas.

      • Thomas Clinard

        Appreciated x 1000

  • HerroMotto

    There’s got to be a catch to this, Verizon never gives away anything for free!

    • Eric

      Nope, They just decided to follow suit with At&t.

    • Anonymous

      They did it with Haiti also. In fact whenever there is a natural disaster they do this. No catch.

  • Go Big Red!