It appears to be a good public relations move in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that battered a wide area of Japan’s main island, as Cox Communications, Atlanta, with operations throughout the U.S., offers free telephone calls placed to Japan via Cox Digital Telephone and Cox Wireless through month end, notices Grumpy Editor.
The only problem: Thousands of those in the broad affected area on the island of Honshu no longer have home or business telephones.
The phones were washed away by the giant tsunami or buried in rubble from the 9.0 earthquake.
In addition, those in less affected areas who do have working phones are facing power problems from rolling blackouts in parts of eastern Japan, extending to Tokyo.
National broadcaster NHK yesterday reported that more than 450,000 people are in temporary shelters in the affected areas.
Obviously, those people are difficult to reach by phone.
Friday's earthquake and resulting tsunami that wreaked havoc along Japan's northeastern coast resulted, so far, in more than 10,000 deaths, say officials.