In response to earthquake, T-Mobile makes calling and texting free to Nepal [UPDATE}

Anyone following the news over the past few days will now surely be aware of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal. It hit the country on Saturday and the latest update estimates that over 3,000 people are dead, with a further 6,500 injured.

So that customers can keep in touch more easily, T-Mobile has decided to offer free calls and texts to and from Nepal across four of its brands. Customers of T-Mobile, MetroPCS, GoSmart and Walmart Family Mobile can now keep in touch with loved ones in Nepal without worrying about roaming/international charges.

Calls and texts are free from now until Saturday, May 16th. And if you want to help financially, T-Mobile customers can also text-to-donate to support charities involved in the relief efforts:

  • Save the Children – Text NEPAL to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children
  • UNICEF – Text NEPAL to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF
  • World Vision – Text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10 to World Vision

Any donations made using those short text codes will be charged to your T-Mobile bill and 100% of the donation goes to the charity.

Personally, I applaud T-Mobile’s efforts to make it easier to keep in touch with loved ones struck by this natural disaster. If you have been personally affected, our thoughts are with you in this time.

“Update – Monday, April 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. Pacific:  To aid those in the country or travelling to Nepal, T-Mobile has also added Nepal to its list of Simple Global countries this morning.  Now, T-Mobile Simple Choice customers with Simple Global will get data roaming fees in Nepal waived through May 16, and any data usage since Saturday, April 25 will be credited.”

Source: T-Mobile, @JohnLegere (Twitter), BBC

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