January 14, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
In the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, current T-Mobile USA customers will not have to pay international fees as they attempt to reach family and friends on the devastated nation. Fees on international calls placed to Haiti have been retroactively waived since January 12th and will continue to be until January 31, 2010. T-Mobile USA will also remove roaming charges for customers in Haiti using partner networks Voila and Digicel until the end of the month.
“Our company and our employees care deeply for our customers, and we know that many customers have been directly impacted by the disaster in Haiti,” said Robert Dotson, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA. “While our thoughts go out to those in Haiti who are suffering so greatly at this time, our promise is to help people connect with those who matter most. I can think of no better time to demonstrate this commitment.”
Haiti has suffered the loss of many citizens and untold damages to its infrastructure. If you wish to donate money to the relief effort, text “HAITI” to “90999″and a $10 donation will be added to your phone bill (the entire $10 will be donated to the Red Cross). You can also donate $5 by texting “YELE” to “501501″ in support of T-Mobile spokesman Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti.
I live in Miami, a city with a large Haitian population, and am familiar with Haiti’s continued struggles and dire need of assistance. If you are unable to donate to the Red Cross and Yele Haiti, contact your local charities and Haitian organizations; both will likely be soliciting physical donations like clothing and food.