MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- textPlus—the mobile app that does everything your carrier does at a fraction of the cost—recently announced that the service is donating free calling to the Philippines in response to the unimaginable destruction and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Anyone using the textPlus app can dial any mobile or landline number in the Philippines for free to check in on family and friends. Because textPlus calling and texting occurs over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G, those using the textPlus app in or out of the Philippines can still connect with loved ones even if cellular networks are unreliable or down.
Since textPlus began offering free calls to the affected areas earlier this week, overall call activity to the Philippines has skyrocketed and continues to increase. To date that includes a 50% increase in the number of callers, a 190% increase in the number of calls, and a 260% increase in the number of minutes talked.
During last year's Superstorm Sandy, 10 million free textPlus calling minutes were donated to keep victims and their loved ones in contact.
"It is our belief that technology is meant to help during emergencies like this," said Scott Lahman, Founder and CEO of textPlus. "We hope that our service can help reconnect families and friends affected by this devastating storm. Our thoughts are with those lost in this terrible disaster and for those whose long path to recovery is now only beginning."
textPlus is a leading mobile communications service that does everything your carrier does at a fraction of the cost (or even totally free). We offer unparalleled choice, savings and reliability to consumers globally for a better phone experience. Our open network connects millions of people worldwide through a chart-leading app available for iOS, Android, Windows and Nokia smartphones and devices including iPod touch and tablets. textPlus is headquartered in Marina del Rey and backed by leading investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Matrix Partners, Upfront Ventures and The Raine Group. Learn more at www.textplus.com.