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SoftBank chief vows replacement iPhones, more post-quake

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Softbank CEO promises free phones to quake victims

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has said on Twitter, on his company's crowdsourcing page, and in the news from Taiwan's EDN that he would implement a major relief campaign to help those affected by the Tohoku-area earthquake in Japan. Among the gestures will include free iPhones for those whose were broken or lost in the 9.0-scale disaster as well as free phones and service for any child orphaned by the earthquake until they reach age 18. More details would come soon for the iPhone plan, Son said.

The carrier executive also promised direct aid for the 1,200 residents of northern Japan who would have to relocate to Takeo in Saga prefecture, his birthplace. Exiles will get both food and transportation covered for a year as well as a job with SoftBank.

All carriers in the country are believed to be helping out victims of the earthquake, but SoftBank's are unique for the sheer cost and their venturing beyond just compensating for service.

Readers are encouraged to keep donating to causes helping Japan, including iTunes if they like. [via Engadget]

by MacNN Staff



  1. OldMacGeek

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What an incredibly generous thing for a company to do! Kudos!

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone the least of his generosity

    I guess the only way we can get people to read about a person's true generosity is to mention something like an iPhone. I like iPhones but what Mr. Son (a Cal graduate btw) is doing to support a large number of displaced residents with food, transportation and a job means a whole lot more than also replacing their phones. I commend Mr. Son and all the meaningful things he is doing for his people. This is something I'd like to see done in the US but of course, there would have to be a monetary reason for helping anyone.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No no no no...

    This will shatter the myths about real Capitalism, don't do, we Statist nearly have the world convinced Capitalism is EVIL, don't do this, please... Only the State is generous, loving, kind and helpful, not corporations...

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