Vonage offering free calls to Japan in light of massive earthquake

by Liam Britten

It’s obviously been a terrifying couple of days for the Japanese people, and for those who are still living with the spectre of aftershocks, tsunamis, flooding, fires and even nuclear accidents, the horror is ongoing.

But many of those who live outside of the nation are experiencing a different kind of horror — the kind you can only get from not knowing if your loved ones are safe. Thousands are still missing, and with power still far from a given in much of the country, communications can be tough.

One company is helping to alleviate some of the fear felt by Canadians with loved ones in Japan by helping them communicate. VoIP company Vonage is waiving all per-minute calling charges until 8:30 p.m. ET March 18, 2011 for customers calling from their Vonage home phones to Japan.

“We care deeply about our customers and want to ensure they can reach their loved ones in the aftermath of this horrific natural disaster,” said Marc Lefar, chief executive officer of Vonage. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the earthquake in Japan and we hope this helps keep friends and family connected at this time of great need.”

I used Facebook to get in touch with my friends in Japan. Thankfully, they are safe. It’s so relieving to be able to hear from the people you care about after a situation like this, but I’m sure there were many people who did not experience the relief that I did. On behalf of the entire Techvibes staff, my sincerest condolences.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vonage is a leading provider of digital phone services with 2.6 million subscriber lines. Our award-winning technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. We offer feature-rich and cost effective communication services that offer users an experience similar to traditional telephone services.... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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