February 03, 2010

Sprint Continues Support of Haiti Relief Efforts with Donation of Wireless Infrastructure and Long-Distance Services

Sprint Customers Can Continue Sending Charge-Free Text Messages to and from Haiti until Feb. 28
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today that it is continuing its support of the response and relief efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake in the Republic of Haiti with a donation of critical wireless and long-distance equipment and services, including:

  • Mobile cell-site equipment, including portable generators, cell towers, and mobile shelters, to aid various Haitian communications carriers in providing wireless voice and data services.
  • Wireless devices and long-distance services to the Greater Washington Haitian Relief Committee (GWHRC) to assist the organization's phone bank and relief coordination efforts in Haiti and the United States.

"Communication between our organization, family members of the earthquake victims, and our relief partners in Haiti has been so very essential to the success of our efforts," said Albert Decady, chair of GWHRC. "Sprint's donation of wireless phones, long-distance service and other equipment will make our work more immediate, coordinated and effective."

The GWHRC is a coalition of local and international organizations developed with the support of the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C. to streamline efforts during disaster relief. The organization was first convened in 2008 to respond to the series of Hurricanes that hit Haiti that year.

In addition to this on-going support, Sprint also has provided the following to aid Sprint customers and various non-profit organizations involved in the relief efforts:

  • A waiver - until Feb. 28 - of all fees and charges for Sprint customers sending text messages to and from Haiti. This offering has been extended from the previous end date of Jan. 31.
  • An immediate Sprint Foundation donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Sprint employees have also contributed more than $102,000 to the American Red Cross - which Sprint will match in its entirety - bringing the total contributions of Sprint and Sprint employees to the Red Cross relief efforts to over $250,000.
  • Waiving standard messaging fees for various Haiti disaster relief short codes, including the American Red Cross International Response Fund, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, and Save the Children Federation, Inc.
  • An 80 percent advance payout of the mobile giving donations from Sprint customers to various charities assisting Haiti with its recovery efforts. Since Jan. 12, Sprint pre-and post-paid customers have contributed more than $4.7 million in mobile-giving donations to Haiti relief efforts and 100 percent of all the money donated through texting is given to the respective non-profit organizations.

"It's been more than three weeks since this enormous tragedy affected the people of Haiti, and we know that communication between the earthquake victims, their family and the various aid organizations is still a critical need," said Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Sprint. "Sprint is proud to continue supporting these efforts and extends a huge thanks to its employees and customers for their tremendous contributions thus far."

To learn more about Sprint's efforts to support the recovery and relief initiatives in the Republic of Haiti, please visit http://www.sprint.com.


Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint

Crystal Davis, 571-288-6806

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