Cricket Customers Can Make Free Phone Calls to Friends and Family in Japan

~ Customers Can Also Text Donations for Japan Quake Relief to Certain Organizations Directly From Their Mobile Phone ~

Mar 16, 2011, 07:00 ET from Cricket Communications, Inc.

SAN DIEGO, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEAP), today announced that Cricket customers can make unlimited free calls to Japan to check in with friends and family following last week's major earthquake and tsunami. The feature has been activated for all Cricket voice-plan customers effective immediately and will continue through midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.  


In addition to providing free calling to Japan, Cricket is also participating in several text message donation programs in order to provide its customers with the ability to make a donation to help those affected by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear explosions.  These programs allow Cricket customers with text messaging capabilities to make a $10 donation directly from their phone by texting a key word to a specified short code (see below for supported initiatives).  Donations will be debited from the customer's prepaid Flex Bucket or Cricket PayGo account.

Organization: American Red Cross Relief


Short Code: 90999

Organization: World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals

Keyword: WAVE

Short Code: 50555

Organization: Convoy of Hope


Short Code: 50555

Organization: Global Giving

Keyword: JAPAN

Short Code: 50555

To donate any dollar amount of their choice and/or find out more about the charitable efforts of the above organizations, customers can contact the following:

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About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.5 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit

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