Sprint is stepping up to help out those impacted by the disastrous Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The wireless carrier announced today that it's waiving all calling and text messaging fees made by its U.S. customers to the Philippines.
This ought to help people in the U.S. greatly who have friends and family in the Philippines that they are desperately trying to stay in contact with. The calls and texts are waived as of Nov. 8 and will continue to be until Dec. 7. Additionally, customers who were already charged during this time period will receive a credit on their accounts with the appropriate amount owed.
Sprint isn't stopping there though. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA are joining in to waive standard text messaging fees for any of its customers who send a message to an organization to donate money toward disaster relief in the Philippines. See below for the full list of qualifying campaigns.
Lastly, the Sprint Foundation is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal Fund and on top of that will match donations made by individual Sprint employees, up to an additional $25,000.
If you'd like to donate to help out the cause, view the following text messaging options as listed by Sprint — all of which will have the standard fees waived by Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile USA.
- Text AID to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA
- Text AID to 80077 to donate $10 to HOPE Worldwide
- Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 to World Food Program USA
- Text AID to 80108 to donate $10 to Foundation Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund
- Text HOPE to 777444 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision
- Text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10 on behalf of UNICEF
- Text RELIEF to 25383 to donate $10 to Catholic Relief Services