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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. link4403's Avatar
      link4403 -
      Its rather disgusting that comments on this article, rather than noting the good that is being done, is either being used to take jabs at "American arrogance" and how "iPhones aren't going to solve anything." First off, this CEO did not HAVE to do a damn thing. Instead, he's chosen to help how he can- offering free services. Those who receive those services, FREE OF CHARGE, now have the ability to stay in contact with any remaining family, while having the opportunity to spend the same money on something more necessary- food, shelter, clothing. As for slandering Americans, yes, there's a calibur of citizens who expect everything handed to them in life. **** happens to them, they EXPECT the US Gov't. to fix things for them. They don't bother to even try to fix things for themselves. Now, the Japanese people haven't asked for much of anything- but they've been offered help. The comments on "Americans thinking they always have it worse" was unneeded. Because guess what, whereswaldo, one1, and awesomeSlayer? United States citizens are the first to donate their own money to disaster relief funds, the United States Military is the first to go help rebuild after disasters, meanwhile more often that not, we're insulted as lazy, arrogant, stagnant people. Maybe the US needs to just back out of world politics, take the stance we had pre-WWII. We'll back out, take care of ourselves, won't step into any military efforts unless directly attacked, and stop aiding other countries. Give it five years, you'll come to notice the crappy state of affairs. How many other countries can survive an economic recession while still donating more money for relief efforts than any other?
    1. Nickjudd's Avatar
      Nickjudd -
      This is my far one of the most generous things i have seen a large corporation do!
      I dont think any of the US cell phone companies would EVER do this!
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      William Hung is giving away free iPhones?
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Cos what an orphan really needs is a phone!!!!
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottw03 View Post
      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.



      refer to my post above for my f'ing answer to your statement.
      I think you're confusing Americans giving aid with invading countries and stealing their oil
    1. Quaddy's Avatar
      Quaddy -
      its better than a kick in the teeth, to coin a phrase
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Cos what an orphan really needs is a phone!!!!
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      I think you're confusing Americans giving aid with invading countries and stealing their oil
      hmmmm, let me think about a bit. I seem to remember something about Haiti not all that long ago. I remember a while back Guam getting humanitarian relief when hit with a tsunami (not sure about how many years ago but it was somewhere around 12 yrs I would ball park it). Kuwait, Iraq, Argentina, Bosnia, I am just going to say Africa since there are too many countries there.

      I would say we provide the bulk of humanitarian aid to the world. Now I cannot say that for a fact since obviously I do not know how much aid each country gives in this manor but let me ask you a question.

      Who does the world call to when they need help?


      If you say Superman I am going to have to beat you with a rubber chicken. :-)

      The US. That pretty much answers your question. Do other countries provide aid.....sure. But I don't normally hear these countries in need of aid calling for Germany to help. Or Spain. Or France. I do almost always hear them calling for the US to step in and intervene.
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      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
      How dense are you? He never said katrina was worse. He said during Katrina everybody was immediately asking the government for help, instead of trying to help themselves. Looters, thieves and rioters took to the streets in mass. He is ppointing out that the Japanese people have done a very good job helping eachother, and not turning on eachother.

      Also, the United States spends more money on humanitarian aid than any other country in the world dumbass. I myself donated money for Japan relief aid, and I lost my job a few months back. What have you done?

      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      I think you're confusing Americans giving aid with invading countries and stealing their oil
      Show me exactly where America has taken any oil from anybody. Until go sit in the corner with the other five year olds.
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      How dense are you? He never said katrina was worse. He said during Katrina everybody was immediately asking the government for help, instead of trying to help themselves. Looters, thieves and rioters took to the streets in mass. He is ppointing out that the Japanese people have done a very good job helping eachother, and not turning on eachother.

      Also, the United States spends more money on humanitarian aid than any other country in the world dumbass. I myself donated money for Japan relief aid, and I lost my job a few months back. What have you done?



      Show me exactly where America has taken any oil from anybody. Until go sit in the corner with the other five year olds.
      HA! that was a joke right? Really?
    1. nillam1's Avatar
      nillam1 -
      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...

      The next tragedy or incident big or small u have, try turning off ur iPhone for 1 day! I bet u wouldn't last 5 minutes, the fact of the matter is nothing could fill the void of losing a loved one but it would be a small distraction & useful tool in a time of grievance! Last time i checked, iPhones did more than play angry birds, when the towers & Internet is repaired, the kid can attempt to return to a normal life. As hard as that will be, I would imagine having a free paid iPhone would be a positive thing. U act like this guy murdered his parents & it's asking for forgiveness by giving the iPhone! It's a kind gesture & along with the other unmentioned acts this guy & the rest of the world is donating, be it time, money, food, items, it's all necessary. Helping Japan rebuild & it's people grieve & move forward, everything helps. Don't forget on ur next tragedy or incident that is even 1/10th as devastating as mentioned, turn ur iPhone off & stare at the wall. If u think hard enough, it may reverse what has happened & it will all go away!

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Stunning.

      Here is someone donating what he has the power to donate - he can't donate the monetary value to some other cause.

      Some people still complain.

      To tar all Americans with the same brush is very disingenuous. Freedom of speech is something Americans believe in.Most other countries would be ashamed to have people say things like that.

      I know Americans aren't all stupid - but there are lots of people that see comments like these and think all Americans are that stupid.

      'Freedom of Speech' does the vast majority of Americans no good at all. In the eyes of the rest of the world they appear as stupid as the most ignorant of posters.

      Americans can't understand why people don't like them because they don't see anything wrong with people saying things that any sane person disagrees with.

      The rest of the world judge Americans by the comments that most Americans disagree with - but will defend the rights of the people who say them to spout their crap.

      The cultural differences make it impossible for Americans to understand. People the world over are the same. It's only the impression they give to others that differs.
    1. Yugo's Avatar
      Yugo -
      Very nice indeed !
    1. voodoo411's Avatar
      voodoo411 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Thats really awesome... but... "hey kid, I'm sorry you lost everything and your family and are orphaned. Here, have an iPhone and free cell phone service until you are 18! Good luck finding food and shelter though!"
      Everyone does his/her part
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      This guy wasn't obliged to do ANYTHING.
      I assume people are I3itching about it because they regard it as a publicity stunt.
      Even if it is, it's still a generous one that benefits a LOT of children for a LONG time - at some loss to the company.

      Whatever Son's motives, it will have been largely, if not exclusively inspired by compassion - and that should always be given credit.

      The I3itching says more about the I3itchers than about Son.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottw03 View Post
      hmmmm, let me think about a bit. I seem to remember something about Haiti not all that long ago. I remember a while back Guam getting humanitarian relief when hit with a tsunami (not sure about how many years ago but it was somewhere around 12 yrs I would ball park it). Kuwait, Iraq, Argentina, Bosnia, I am just going to say Africa since there are too many countries there.

      I would say we provide the bulk of humanitarian aid to the world. Now I cannot say that for a fact since obviously I do not know how much aid each country gives in this manor but let me ask you a question.

      Who does the world call to when they need help?


      If you say Superman I am going to have to beat you with a rubber chicken. :-)

      The US. That pretty much answers your question. Do other countries provide aid.....sure. But I don't normally hear these countries in need of aid calling for Germany to help. Or Spain. Or France. I do almost always hear them calling for the US to step in and intervene.
      Scott - the problem isn't so much that America doesn't provide aid to other countries. In this case we're comparing it to internal aid. These Japanese companies stepped up to help out pretty quickly. Look how long it took FEMA to finally get into gear and actually do something. I think what the reference here is we could do a lot better job sending aid to places in the U.S. that need it.
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      Scott - the problem isn't so much that America doesn't provide aid to other countries. In this case we're comparing it to internal aid. These Japanese companies stepped up to help out pretty quickly. Look how long it took FEMA to finally get into gear and actually do something. I think what the reference here is we could do a lot better job sending aid to places in the U.S. that need it.
      Definitely agree with you there. I think we are quick to offer assistance to other countries and fairly quick to get that assistance there but when it happens to our own country the response time is/was horrendous.

      It is hard to plan for any scenario since you cannot always plan for everything however adapting another plan to provide immediate assistance to US states should not take that long to devise.

      As for a specific private company providing some form of charitable contribution is a nice touch even if it won't bring back lost parents.
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      HA! that was a joke right? Really?
      Paint chips. Do you eat them?