Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sprint Helps Joplin Tornado Residents

It is nice when a company does the right thing - just because...

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. May 26, 2011 - To further assist the residents of Joplin, Mo. in the aftermath of last weekend’s devastating tornado, Sprint is proactively waiving late fees; overage charges for voice, text and data; and roaming fees for Sprint services between May 22 and June 22, 2011. This waiver applies to impacted Sprint residents in the following ZIP codes: 64801, 64802, 64803 and 64804.
Sprint’s other relief initiatives include:

  • A $100,000 donation the Sprint Foundation made to the American Red Cross in support of Joplin tornado relief, including matching donations made by Sprint employees and retirees and members of the Sprint board of directors.
  • Deploying a Sprint Mobile Services Van to Joplin to provide local residents with wireless devices to make free phone calls, with charging stations for their mobile devices and with free wall and car chargers.
  • Assembled and donated 10,000 sack lunches to Joplin families impacted by the tornadoes. The sack lunches were packed in one day by 700 Sprint employees for a food drive benefitting Harvesters.
  • Waiving standard text-messaging fees for mobile donations, between now and June 30, 2011, for the following campaigns:

    • Text “REDCROSS” to “90999” to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief
    • Text "JOPLIN" to “80888” to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army
    • Text “CONVOY” to “50555” to give $10 to Convoy of Hope
    • Text “JOPLIN” to “864833” to give $10 to the United Way-Heart of Missouri
  • In partnership with KB Mobile in Springfield, Virgin Mobile is providing 50 Joplin residents with free mobile phones and two months of free service. The recipients can use these devices for 1,500 anytime domestic minutes, 500 messages (text, picture messages, email and/or IM) and 10MB of Web access per month. Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile are also notifying all locally based customers regarding credits and other support being provided.
Sprint’s dedicated support to first responders and emergency medical workers in Joplin
Sprint’s network technicians and engineers have restored service to 90 percent of the cell sites within Missouri’s Jasper and Newton Counties and routed network capacity to operational cell sites. To further aid impacts to its network assets caused by the tornadoes, Sprint has deployed a Cell Site on Wheels (COW) to provide wireless coverage.