UK mobile networks offering free calls to Nepalese mobiles and relief aid donations
On the 25th April 2015 an eartquake with a magnitude of hit Nepal's capital Kathmandu and its surrounding areas including Mount Everest which was also struck by deadly avalanches after the quake on Saturday.
This natural disaster has caused untold chaos with relief efforts striving to bring essential aid to the regions effected, there are also large scale rescue efforts being carried out by international aid agencies and rescue teams.
In light of this the mobile network operator O2 has stated that they are offering customers who have friends or family in Nepal free calls to mobiles or landlines within the country, any calls placed will have the costs returned.
Calls to the country are free from between April 29th until May 5th.
O2 isn't the only network offering aid with Vodafone announcing that they are sending a donation of £100,000 to support relief efforts alongside a team of volunteers made up of Vodafone employees who will be utilizing their Instant Mini Network solution, which the network referrs to as a “mobile network in a backpack”, and is designed to help aid workers communicate and enable people to contact their loved ones.
The Instant Mini Network is an 11KG mobile network solution that can be carried as hand luggage on commercial flights. Easily deployed in up to 10 minutes and according to Vodafone it can connect up to five mobile phones users to global telecoms networks within a radius of up to 100 metres.
Three Mobile UK has not yet stated that they have given aid as they are, "assessing how it can best help people stuck in the country" however we believe that they will also chip in and offer help soon.
EE has said that it has launched an appeal on behalf of UNICEF to help provide their customers with an easy way of donating to the earthquake appeal - no word yet on whether they too are offering free calls to the country.
For those who are interested in making donations to the Nepal Earthquake appeals you can do so through the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) and British Red Cross websites.
Alternatively like members of Tuffphone's staff you can text 'Nepal' to 70000 to donate £5 to the cause which will come directly out of your mobile bill.