ForgetMeNot Software Limited, the operator of the 2-way messaging service ChatBar, has today announced that any families, friends and others, seeking to contact people affected by the lethal earthquake on December 26, can send FREE short message service (SMS) messages to and from affected countries through www.chatbar.com.

Free SMS messages can be via ChatBar to or from the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand. SMS messages sent to mobile phones of foreign nationals roaming in those countries will also be provided free by ChatBar, although separate charges may be applied by some carriers.

Paul Roberts, Director, ForgetMeNot Software, stated "We are all shocked and stunned by the devastation wrought by the earthquake. In an effort to help, we wanted to make the functionality of ChatBar available free to everyone who needs to communicate with loved ones at this difficult time. Experience has shown that SMS messages may get through to mobile phones even though voice networks may be overloaded". Those people without a mobile phone but access to an internet connected PC can still send and receive SMS messages through the service.

Relevant parties should utilize the following links:

http://www.chatbar.com/en/CreateAccount.aspx?promo=seasia (for English)
http://www.chatbar.com/zh-CHS/CreateAccount.aspx?promo=seasia (for Simplified Chinese)
http://www.chatbar.com/zh-CHT/CreateAccount.aspx?promo=seasia (for Traditional Chinese)
http://www.chatbar.com/tl/CreateAccount.aspx?promo=seasia (for Tagalog) [Via]