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AT&T Supports Text-Messaging Donations to Aid Haiti Quake Victims

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January 14, 2010

AT&T Supports Text-Messaging Donations to Aid Haiti Quake Victims

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

AT&T (News - Alert) is supporting text-messaging donations to aid Haiti quake victims.

According to AT&T officials, wireless customers of the company can send $10 donations to the Red Cross International Relief Fund by sending a text message from their mobile device. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

The company officials said that a customer has to simply type the word HAITI and send it to 90999. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes, to which the customer replies “yes” to finalize the donation. 100 percent of all money donated will be passed on to the Red Cross, the company officials said.

Recently TMCnet reported that AT&T, a major player in Wi-Fi with one of the nation’s largest Wi-Fi networks, has launched Wi-Fi service at Tulsa International Airport. 

AT&T officials said that the company’s Wi-Fi service will be available at all gates, ticket counters and baggage-claim areas, allowing travelers to use their smartphones, laptop computers and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to stay connected. 

Company officials said that the airport Wi-Fi service is available to more than 27 million AT&T customers who have Wi-Fi included in their AT&T broadband, smartphone and 3G LaptopConnect plans. 

Other travelers can purchase access for $7.99 for a 24-hour session. 

The consumer demand for Wi-Fi is surging and it can be gauged from the fact that AT&T has reported a record year for Wi-Fi connections on its network -- more than 51 million Wi-Fi connections in 2009, as of the third quarter. 

In December, AT&T announced the availability of its 3G mobile broadband network at 28 cell sites in the Shenandoah Valley. 

According to company officials, customers will now be able to experience improved voice and data quality along Route 66 from Marshall to Front Royal and from there traveling either northward on I-81 to Winchester, or southward to New Market.

To find out more about Eric Cheung and AT&T, visit the company at the 4GWE Conference. To be held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami and collocated with ITEXPO East 2010, the 4GWE Conference will focus on the realities of deploying 4G technologies and delivering broadband wireless applications to a growing community of wireless broadband consumers. Cheung is speaking during “Network Operators Prepare for the 200MB Lifestyle.” Don’t wait. Register now.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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