Maker of Free Texting and Talking Smartphone Apps Pledges Donation of up to $5,000 in Honor of Veterans Day
San Jose, Calif. – November 1, 2011 – Pinger, the company behind the innovative Textfree apps for iOS and Android that make texting and mobile calling free, today announced its partnership with non-profit Operation Gratitude and a donation pledge of up to $5,000 in recognition of Veterans Day. For every new download of the Pinger Textfree and Pinger Textfree with Voice apps as well as any new user sign up for Pinger Textfree Web between November 1 and Veterans Day on November 11, Pinger will donate $1.00 to Operation Gratitude to support its care package programs.
Operation Gratitude seeks to put a smile on a service member’s face and express our nation’s appreciation by sending care packages and letters personally addressed to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way, their children left behind and Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. Each package contains donated products with an approximate value of $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. The $5,000 donation from Pinger will fund over 330 new care packages to be shipped, just in time for the holiday season.
“We hear from military members who use our free texting and talking apps to stay in touch with loved ones back home,” said Greg Woock, Pinger co-founder and CEO. “We appreciate their service to the United States and their patronage of Pinger, so we wanted to give back. Operation Gratitude’s mission to keep our troops connected to home is very much in line with our mission to keep communication open and free for everyone.”
Pinger’s Textfree apps enable military personnel to choose their own local U.S. phone number they can use to send and receive texts, picture messages, and talk for free to friends and family in the states from anywhere in the world they are deployed. Textfree with Voice works on all networks and through WiFi. Military personnel deployed internationally can avoid prohibitive roaming fees by using the apps over any WiFi connection. Additionally, friends and family who receive the messages and calls don’t need to be a Pinger user, and they can talk and text from any U.S. number:
- Pinger Textfree for Android and iOS enables free unlimited text and picture messaging to over 29 countries, including the U.S.
- Pinger Textfree with Voice supports free texting and calling to over 29 countries including the U.S., and to any U.S. phone number when abroad, on iPhone and iPod touch.
- Pinger Textfree Web offers a way for anyone with a web browser to text for free with a phone number—no mobile device needed!
- The apps even enable anyone to convert an iPod touch into a “phone” for free texting and talking.
“We’re excited to have this chance to work with Pinger—a company that supports free communication and gives our service members an easy way to stay in touch with their spouses, children, parents, and friends,” said Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude founder and President. “With this donation, we’ll further our goal to send even more care packages to deployed troops, something we view as instrumental in keeping them connected to those who support and care for them back home.”
Visit: www.pinger.com/gratitude to learn more about the program and download the apps.
To learn more about Operation Gratitude, visit: www.OperationGratitude.com
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About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way, to their Children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recovering in transition units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 700,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.