August 16, 2004

Humanitarian Wi-Fi from T-Mobile

Hurricane Charley has killed 16 people, left thousands homeless and more than 1 million powerless.

From Wi-Fi Networking News:

T-Mobile hasnít put out a press release, but is quietly spreading the word about free Wi-Fi in Florida: With people losing homes or stuck far away from home, T-Mobile has opened its hotspot service for free in Florida through the end of the day on Monday. T-Mobile operates service in Starbucks, Kinkoís, Borders, and various airline lounges. Wherever these locations are operating, the service will be free to help folks communicate or just find out more about where they can go next.

Of course, these services require a computer or handheld, but Iím guessing that people with that equipment in those locations will be happy to help their fellow Floridians or fellow human beings.

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Other ways to help -- Some charitable organizations recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

• American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Call 1-800-HELP NOW or online at www.redcross.org

• Catholic Charities, USA, Call 1-800-919-9338, or online at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

• Salvation Army, Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org

• United Methodist Committee on Relief, Call 1-800-554-8583, or online at gbgm-umc.org

Posted by cybette at August 16, 2004 03:30 AM
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