Verizon Wireless said Friday it was speeding up the text-message donations for victims of the Haiti earthquake, making sure the money will be transmitted as much faster than usual.
“We are bypassing our normal financing accounting and checks and balances,” said a Verizon Wireless spokesman, Jeffrey Nelson. “We’re doing it because the humanitarian need is immediate.”
It usually can take up to three months for money donated via text message to make its way to a charity, because the wireless carriers need to make sure that customers pay their bills and don’t back out of their commitments, and then the transactions are processed by an intermediary.
In this case, Verizon officials said they felt that they needed to respond to the immediacy of the crisis and take into account the call by President Obama for Americans to text their contributions.
Mr. Nelson said the change was not permanent and that Verizon would return to its regular accounting practices after the Haitian crisis passed.
Verizon Wireless said it had transmitted nearly $3 million to the American Red Cross for its efforts to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti.