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  • SoftBank CEO Replaces Lost iPhones After Japanese Quake


    Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan recently, SoftBank president and founder Masayoshi Son has decided to give free cell phones to all the children who were orphaned by the earthquake. Not only that, but he also promised that none of these children would have to pay any cell fees until they reach 18 years old.

    After the quake, some 3,800 of SoftBank's cell towers were taken out of commission. This made it impossible for any SoftBank customers to make or receive calls in the affected area. All cellular providers were affected by this devastating earthquake.

    Masayoshi Son recently went to the city of Tamura, where many people have sought refuge following the devastating tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Masayoshi Son was so moved by what he saw there that he offered to buy food, pay for commuter costs and offered jobs to many of the refugees. Son, who has nearly 1 million followers on Twitter, recently asked his followers for suggestions about how SoftBank could further help earthquake victims.

    When one of his Twitter followers, suggested that SoftBank should offer free cell phone service to all the children orphaned by the earthquake, Masayoshi Son decided to enact this idea right away. Son has stated that this free cell phone service will continue until the children reach 18 years of age. Also, as SoftBank is the sole provider of iPhones in Japan, any customer who lost or damaged their iPhone as a result of the quake will receive a free replacement. Hopefully, other companies will follow the example set by SoftBank's generosity.

    Source: Mobile Crunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SoftBank CEO Replaces Lost iPhones After Japanese Quake started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 77 Comments
    1. convlkt's Avatar
      convlkt -
      At least it's not like katrina in the US where everyone expects the government to save them. Also, I think he offered this instead of food or shelter because so many other entities have already provided that. I'm not saying it isn't needed, but with such a lack of communication over their I'm sure its nice for them to have a way to communicate to the rest of the world.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sem656 View Post
      It was really generous and I'm not trying to sound like he's not doing anything but why wouldnt he be using that money to help rebuild or something?
      When something catastrophic happens, especially to a group this large, it really has a way of removing an individual from oneself. People feel less human when total control is over their lives in the fashion of disaster. Believe it or not, something like this is very therapeutic in helping people regain some control in their lives.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. rsantos325's Avatar
      rsantos325 -
      I believe everyone failed to mention that he did go and provide food, commuter costs and jobs to those in need. Not just a free iPhone with free service. Details failed to mention by the people complaining that an iPhone is one mere pointless gesture. A Great CEO of a giant corporation took the initiative to provide all that he can and more. I doubt any corporations in USA will do this. I believe corporations in the US are the leading cause to our economical downfall.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      wow very generous offer of support
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by convlkt View Post
      At least it's not like katrina in the US where everyone expects the government to save them. Also, I think he offered this instead of food or shelter because so many other entities have already provided that. I'm not saying it isn't needed, but with such a lack of communication over their I'm sure its nice for them to have a way to communicate to the rest of the world.
      Atleast it's not like Katrina?!? Are you joking? This is way worse
      Silly Americans always going "Sucks for you, but we got something worse". Well the rest of the world donates money and helps
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      It's a nice gesture, but I can't help but feel anyone who's getting a free iPhone would probably prefer to get something more practical given their situation, like a small trust fund, or help with housing, clothing, food etc.
      I know the SoftBank CEO doesn't mean it this way but it came across to me as if to say here's a free iPhone to replace your parents.
      I'm not ragging on the CEO, it's a nice thing he's done, and hell of a lot more than most other people would do.
      The only problem with that way of thinking is that it isn't his job to replace their parents nor is he trying to. He's in the communications sector so he is giving to charity in a way he knows best. The next step would be developers setting them up with free housing, agriculture moguls setting them up with food, textile manufacturers giving them clothing, etc. It can't all rest on his shoulders but since he is the first to do his part then I'm sure others will follow suit.

      edit: silencer_0 said the same thing but I didn't see it when I made my post. +1 silencer_0
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      Very nice indeed
    1. rsantos325's Avatar
      rsantos325 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      The only problem with that way of thinking is that it isn't his job to replace their parents nor is he trying to. He's in the communications sector so he is giving to charity in a way he knows best. The next step would be developers setting them up with free housing, agriculture moguls setting them up with food, textile manufacturers giving them clothing, etc. It can't all rest on his shoulders but since he is the first to do his part then I'm sure others will follow suit.

      edit: silencer_0 said the same thing but I didn't see it when I made my post. +1 silencer_0
      Quoting the actual article: "Masayoshi Son was so moved by what he saw there that he offered to buy food, pay for commuter costs and offered jobs to many of the refugees."

      Does everyone just read the headline and not the article specifically saying he provided more than just a free iPhone with free service. I'm not blind right? I'd hate to repeat myself but I definitely BELIEVE PEOPLE DO NOT READ! Ignorance is bliss really?!?! READ BEFORE YOU POST!

      Not to attack you alexevo just the person you quoted and all the other people who just mentioned that a free iPhone with free service is the only thing he provided.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rsantos325 View Post
      Quoting the actual article: "Masayoshi Son was so moved by what he saw there that he offered to buy food, pay for commuter costs and offered jobs to many of the refugees."

      Does everyone just read the headline and not the article specifically saying he provided more than just a free iPhone with free service. I'm not blind right? I'd hate to repeat myself but I definitely BELIEVE PEOPLE DO NOT READ! Ignorance is bliss really?!?! READ BEFORE YOU POST!

      Not to attack you alexevo just the person you quoted and all the other people who just mentioned that a free iPhone with free service is the only thing he provided.
      If you want to get technical it says he "offered" to buy food, pay for commuter costs, and "offered" jobs to many of the refugees. It doesn't say he did and then it goes on to say he asked his followers on Twitter how else he could help them, someone suggested the phone/service thing, he said yes lets do that, and then he did.

      Plus, if you want to say "Not to attack..." then don't say things like "ignorance is bliss", "read before you post", "does everyone read the headline and not the article..." cause those kinda smell like attacks. In fact, your entire post kinda smells like an attack cause if it weren't an attack...well...you wouldn't have posted it in the way that you did.

      Perhaps some friendly advice such as: "He offered to buy food, pay for commuter costs, and offered jobs to the people affected by the tragedy" would have sufficed. Worded that way, it doesn't sound like an attack. Merely an "ahem" to call attention to a part of the article.

      ...I'm just sayin...
    1. rsantos325's Avatar
      rsantos325 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      If you want to get technical it says he "offered" to buy food, pay for commuter costs, and "offered" jobs to many of the refugees. It doesn't say he did and then it goes on to say he asked his followers on Twitter how else he could help them, someone suggested the phone/service thing, he said yes lets do that, and then he did.

      Plus, if you want to say "Not to attack..." then don't say things like "ignorance is bliss", "read before you post", "does everyone read the headline and not the article..." cause those kinda smell like attacks. In fact, your entire post kinda smells like an attack cause if it weren't an attack...well...you wouldn't have posted it in the way that you did.

      Perhaps some friendly advice such as: "He offered to buy food, pay for commuter costs, and offered jobs to the people affected by the tragedy" would have sufficed. Worded that way, it doesn't sound like an attack. Merely an "ahem" to call attention to a part of the article.

      ...I'm just sayin...
      Duly noted and I stand corrected. I'm sure the CEO's hand may extend to further help in the future. It just seems like so many people are attacking a good deed. You put out a good point. I got frustrated on how negative people are. Negativity is so contagious. Sorry for the attacking reply to your post.
    1. epiqism's Avatar
      epiqism -
      yeah because being able to play angry birds will definitely fill in the void of losing their parents...
    1. rsantos325's Avatar
      rsantos325 -
      According to apple, "there's an app for everything".
    1. Silencer_0's Avatar
      Silencer_0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by epiqism View Post
      yeah because being able to play angry birds will definitely fill in the void of losing their parents...
      Nothing can fill in the void of losing your parents, so what's your point?
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Dude makes me look around and realize what is wrong with America's smug take care of yourself and F everyone else attitude.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sem656 View Post
      It was really generous and I'm not trying to sound like he's not doing anything but why wouldnt he be using that money to help rebuild or something?
      I think that everyone plays their own part in things like this...billions have already been given towards the victims and rebuilding...he's playing his own unique roll in the situation. It certainly is a generous thing to do and I hope that other companies will follow his example.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      This puts America to shame. This guy is very generous and I'm glad he's helping Japan out.
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      Gosh, people here can be such smartasses these days. He's simply giving out free phones. Never once did he say these phones are meant to save their entire lives or replace parents, friends, and family members. They definitely DO serve a purpose though. These children will no longer have to worry about communication services because it will be provided to them for free. And yes, communication towers are down, but mostly in inhabitable areas anyway. Once everything is rebuilt and put together again, then the phones will receive services within the areas the children will live in the future. Some of you posting here are absolutely dirt and ignorant. Instead of showing how much of an *** you can be, why won't some of you go out to Japan and provide whatever services or products that YOU are adept to? Oh, that's right, most of you are still high school kids or college students that don't think before they speak.
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      Yeah I agree, however servicing a cell phone really doesn't cost money. The cost of the iPhone won't feed them till there 18 but will give them the ability to communicate with any family they have left for years to come. So it's a matter of perspective. It is a good deed none the less, and sets an example that a little can go along way. JMHO
      That's exactly what i thought. In the middle of a real tragedy, at least the chance to comunicate, share, talk and be listened, it's a real difference. Kind gesture again, that proves the type of people Japan is about.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I was wondering how people would manage to turn this wonderful news into an argument of some sort. It's amazing how people can do this.

      On topic: I think this is amazing. This is so generous and so sweet of a large company to do something for the people. This act would cost the company money but money apparently is not important for this man that he can give in this way.

      For all the people who have managed to see this in a bad light, it's a shame. Be open-minded. A gift is a gift, the act of giving a gift is alone gratifying. Not like he passed out coupons for a discount. He is giving a lot.
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Atleast it's not like Katrina?!? Are you joking? This is way worse
      Silly Americans always going "Sucks for you, but we got something worse". Well the rest of the world donates money and helps
      And again, I will mention that the USA is probably the biggest contributor to humanitarian aid in the world. Add in the cost of sending our military in to police a lot of countries as well and I will say we probably spend more money outside this country providing aid in one form or another than any other country in the world does.

      And that all comes out of the taxes that the corporations and individuals pay each year to the government.

      What I would like to see is how much money would the USA save if we were to pull out of each of these locations and stop providing humanitarian aid around the world. Just to see a good $$$ number would be nice so you can see just how much the USA "does" contribute to the aid of other countries and that we aren't technically a self centered arrogant country that so many people make us out to be.

      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Dude makes me look around and realize what is wrong with America's smug take care of yourself and F everyone else attitude.
      refer to my post above for my f'ing answer to your statement.