SOURCE: Digicel


January 14, 2010 17:43 ET

Digicel Launches Text and Voice Donation Line to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

Mobile Operator Encourages Its 10 Million Plus Customers Worldwide to 'Text a Helping Hand' to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - Digicel Group today launched a text and voice donation line to enable its 10 million plus customers worldwide to donate money to the massive humanitarian relief effort that is urgently needed in Haiti.

By texting the word "HELP" or calling a short code*, Digicel customers in any of its 32 markets worldwide can make a difference to the people of Haiti by contributing directly to the relief efforts following the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010.

Digicel will donate all funds it receives from the text and voice donation line to the relief efforts in Haiti. Importantly, there is no restriction on the number of texts or calls a customer can send or make, so people are free to donate as much as they like.

Caribbean and Central American nationals living in the Diaspora can also take part in the text donation. By simply topping up the Digicel number +1 876 295 0000 in select Digicel top up retail stores* in the US, UK, the Bahamas, Canada, the French West Indies and Turks & Caicos or via Digicel Online Top Up on with the amount you wish to donate, Digicel will send the money directly to its NGO partners in Haiti.

Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO, said: "As a part of the Caribbean community, we are committed to finding every possible way to help the people of Haiti in their time of need. Digicel has already donated US$5 million to the emergency relief efforts in the form of donations to NGOs in Haiti. We are now also offering our 10 million customers the opportunity to join us in supporting our neighbors in Haiti. Together, we can truly make a difference in the wake of this terrible disaster."

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*Short codes and rates per text by market

** For more information on the Digicel retail top up stores call 1800 483 2891 or text HAITI and your zip code to 95495.

Short codes for the Pacific markets to follow

Market                   Short/Long Code       Agreed Rate
Aruba/Bonaire/Curacao         5151               NAF 1.00
Barbados                      5151               BBD1.00
Bermuda                       5151               USD1.00
Cayman                        5151               CI 1.00
Guyana                        1133               GYD 80
OECS                          5151               XCD1.00
Suriname                      2727               SRD1.00
Trinidad                      5151               TTD3.00
Jamaica                       162                JD25
TCI                           5151               USD1.00
BVI                           5151               USD1.00
FWI                           999                E 1.00
El Salvador                   2001               USD0.30
Panama                        5151               USD0.50
Honduras                      9090               L 5.60


After eight years of operation, Digicel has 8.8 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications -- the company is also a recent entrant to the Central American and Pacific markets.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets world-wide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has 10.3 million subscribers.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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