Telus Offers Customers Free Calls To And From Japan

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TelusCanadian telecommunications company Telus, which received the 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for outstanding corporation, is giving its consumers a break on calls to Japan.

According to Telus.com, the Burnaby-based giant is offering free mobile and wireline calls for clients calling Japan until March 31. In light of the recent catastrophic events that have devastated Japan, the special offer applies to Telus customers calling Japan from North America, as well as those in Japan who wish to call North America. Full credit will be given for these calls in a subsequent billing cycle.

“At Telus, we’re committed to helping communities in need at home and around the world,” it says on the company web site. “With the recent devastation in Japan, we want to give our clients the opportunity to stay connected with their loved ones and to donate to the relief efforts underway.”

Telus is also donating $100,000 to registered Canadian charities that are actively involved in relief efforts in Japan and matching team member donations as well.  The company has also set up a text-to-donate option for The Canadian Red Cross Society (to donate $5, text “ASIA” to 30333) and The Salvation Army in Canada (to donate $10, text "QUAKE" to 45678). The text messages are free to send.

Telus TV clients in Alberta and B.C. can also watch TV Japan for free until March 31.

Telus’s philanthropy dates back to 2000 and has totaled more than a $1 million to Canadian registered charities that have come to the aid of Haiti, Chile, Philippines, and at home in Canada, in Newfoundland and Kelowna, BC, according to the site.

Last year, the company was selected out of 170 nominees to receive the 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for outstanding corporation and is the first Canadian

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