Mobile phone company donates $2 million to US pro-life charities of customers’ choosing
January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. mobile phone company run by dedicated pro-life advocates is allowing its customers to donate 5% of their monthly plan cost to a pro-life charity of the customer’s choosing.
So far, Charity Mobile has sent nearly $2 million to hundreds of pro-life and pro-family charities nationwide.
Charity Mobile, with coverage on America's largest and most reliable 4G/LTE network, provides a pro-life alternative to the major telecommunications providers.
“Help build a Culture of Life in America with every call,” the company’s website states.
The company prides itself on offering customers top quality phone service, great customer service, and affordable plans to meet everyone’s needs.
David Condit, president and co-founder of Charity Mobile as well as a father of 10, said that the vast majority of providers are “neutral at best when it comes to supporting life.”
“And many of them directly or indirectly contribute to the abortion industry,” he said, adding: “It’s disheartening to see the companies you buy from supporting causes you disagree with, especially when it comes to the lives of innocent children.”
2019 marks the twenty-third year in business for Charity Mobile (formerly known as The Sienna Group and Sienna Communications Group, Inc.), which began with a focus on residential landline phone service, and now primarily concentrates on mobile phone service as customer needs and behavior have changed over the years.
“Our goal is to provide people with an easy way to support the causes they care about by tying it to a service that everyone has and needs,” said Condit. “Our customers can feel good about the fact that they are helping to build a Culture of Life by supporting both a pro-life charity and a pro-life company with just the normal daily use of their phones. We call this ‘everyday living, effortless giving.’”
“The economic power behind this concept is threefold,” he continued. “First, you are supporting companies that share your beliefs and provide goods and services you normally purchase in the course of your daily life. Second, you are effortlessly supporting the causes you believe in simply by using those goods and services, letting companies like us take care of the rest. Third, you avoid direct support of companies that are not like-minded and who support causes contrary to your beliefs.”
In addition to supporting the causes their customers care about, Charity Mobile offers competitive pricing on both phones and plans, which cater to a wide spectrum of customers. The typical plans that bundle talk, messaging, and data are available, which include the ability to restrict data and picture messaging on any or all lines, and inexpensive low minute plans have also proven to be a popular option.
“Our talk-only plans start at $14.95 per month, which are perfect for someone like an elderly person who only needs a phone in case of an emergency. This is the type of customer that the major carriers do not want,” noted Condit.
“The four major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint), which may soon dwindle to three if the T-Mobile and Sprint merger goes through, have a virtual monopoly on the wireless industry,” he said. “Some people have objected to us using any of their networks, but the fact is that it’s impossible to provide quality, nationwide service without doing so.”
“Without companies like Charity Mobile, you would have to buy service from them directly. With Charity Mobile, you can leverage your purchasing power to support a pro-life company and you can support your favorite pro-life charity or cause with the 5% of your plan cost that we send. For these reasons, it’s a significant purchasing decision for Pro-Lifers,” he added.
Targeting the Pro-Life market, however, has not come without its challenges. Facebook recently refused to continue running a video advertisement introducing the company, claiming that it contained “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational content . . . that depict[s] violence or threats of violence.”
“It contains a few seconds of footage from the March for Life in Washington,” said Condit. “I find it offensive that Facebook finds it offensive. The same video is on the Charity Mobile web site, so you can watch it and judge for yourself.”
More information about Charity Mobile can be found here.