February 27, 2010
Sprint Will Waive Standard Text-Messaging Fees for Mobile Donations
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In the wake of this morning’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in the Republic of Chile, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that customers on Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will be able to support the earthquake relief efforts conducted by Convoy of Hope, Friends of the World Program, Habitat for Humanity, Operation USA, the Salvation Army and World Vision by making a donation via a text message on their mobile phone.

Sprint is waiving text-messaging fees for Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA customers who send mobile donations to short codes associated with organizations participating in the relief and recovery efforts in support of this tragedy. Mobile-phone texts sent to or from the following short codes will not be charged standard text-messaging fees. The codes are:

  • Text "4CHILE" to 50555 to donate $10 on behalf of Convoy of Hope;
  • Text "CHILE" to 50555 to donate $10 on behalf of the Friends of the World Program;
  • Text "CHILE" to 25383 to donate $10 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity;
  • Text "REBUILD" to 50555 to donate $10 on behalf of Operation USA;
  • Text "CHILE" to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army; and
  • Text "CHILE" to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision.

"Our hearts go out to those impacted by the earthquake today," said Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sprint. "We hope by supporting these mobile giving efforts, our customers will be able to easily donate to support charitable relief efforts across the areas in Chile most impacted by this tragic event."


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 fourth quarter of 2009 and the first 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 www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint

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