Phone companies AT&T and Verizon assist with Japan disaster relief

Telephone companies Verizon and AT&T have launched efforts to help with Japan disaster relief.

AT&T on Sunday said it will not charge postpaid residential wireless customers who call the stricken Asian nation from the U.S. through March 31, with the move retroactive to March 11. That applies to both wireless calls and text messages, the company said.

Landline customers also are being given a break, AT&T said, with no charges for up to 60 minutes through the same March 11-31 period.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless noted that customers can contribute $10 to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts by texting — at no charge — the word “redcross” to 90999.

Verizon today also said $10 donations can be made to other organizations by texting the following words to the appropriate number. Again, text message fees are waived, with 100 percent of the donation going to the relief organization.

Here are the other groups:

— ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944

— Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555

— GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555

— International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888

— Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383

— Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888

— Save the Children Federation: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222

— World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555

— World Vision: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222