BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pingo, the prepaid international calling card from iBasis, today announced it is enabling its customers to call Japan for free* effective immediately through the March 31 (12:00 midnight EDT). The company hopes to help those trying to stay in contact with friends and family living in Japan or visiting as part of emergency relief teams to do so without concern for the cost of telephone calls.
Pingo users set up accounts online at Pingo.com using a credit card or Paypal account. However, calls to Japan during the designated period will not be charged to the account. Pingo customers can then take advantage of Pingo’s features to call Japan from any fixed or mobile phone in the U.S. to fixed and mobile phones in Japan.
Pingo (http://www.pingo.com) is owned and operated by iBasis, a KPN company. iBasis is one of the largest carriers of international phone calls in the world. Pingo allows consumers to access the savings of direct-to-wholesale calling minutes on an as-needed basis without the hidden fees and surcharges typical of prepaid calling cards or the contractual obligations typical of carrier plans.
Founded in 1996, iBasis is a leading wholesale carrier of international long distance telephone calls and a provider of retail prepaid calling services and enhanced services for mobile operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice termination services, value-added messaging, signaling and roaming services for mobile operators, as well as outsourcing services for many of the world's largest fixed and mobile operators and VoBB service providers. In December 2009, iBasis became a wholly-owned subsidiary of KPN. iBasis customers include KPN, KPN Mobile, E-Plus, BASE, TDC and many other large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, IDT, Qwest, Skype, Telecom Italia, and Telefonica. The company can be reached at its worldwide headquarters in Burlington, Mass., USA at +1 781-505-7500 or on the Internet at www.ibasis.com.
iBasis, Pingo, and KPN are registered marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
* Free minutes are up to 300 minutes per account (including sub-accounts) per day and are for local access calls originating in the US and terminating in Japan based on USD billing currency. No more than 10 different numbers are allowed from the same account (including sub-accounts) per day. Pingo reserves the right to modify or terminate the program prior to stated date at its discretion upon notice to customers. Standard Pingo terms and conditions apply.