Sprint And T-Mobile Waive Fees For Japan Donation Text Messages

To help with the relief efforts after the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunamis, all the major carriers are jumping in to help. Following the announcements by AT&T and Verizon of free calls and texts to Japan, Sprint and T-Mobile have both confirmed their own program to help.

Both carriers are offering the same SMS short code mobile donations program where customers can text short codes of a particular charity to donate $10 to them. Those short codes are:

* Text "REDCROSS to "90999" to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross

* Text "TSUNAMI to "50555" to donate $10 on behalf of Convoy of Hope, Inc.

* Text "WAVE" to "50555" to donate $10 on behalf of the World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals

* Text "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888 to donate $10 on behalf of The Salvation Army

However, the offer isn't quite as generous as the free calls and texts to Japan announced by AT&T and Verizon. Sprint and T-Mobile only offer to waive fees incurred for sending short code donation messages but the two carriers do not extend any fee waivers or adjustments for calls and texts to Japan.