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Microsoft has responded to the devastating natural disasters that have befallen Japan and Ecuador, giving residents a free way to stay in contact.

The company has said all Skype mobile and landline calls will be offered for free in both Japan and Ecuador in the coming days.

Both countries were rocked by major earthquakes over the weekend and having clear contact is a pivotal part of a post-disaster area.

Loved one and authorities will be able to use Skype to stay in contact for free, although the company has not said how many days the offer will be in place.

Microsoft has offered similar free Skype calls in the past, usually offering calls to countries hit by natural disasters or acts of terrorism.

In light of the devastating earthquake that has taken place in Ecuador – and the subsequent impact to the local communications infrastructure – we are making all domestic and international calls to landlines and mobiles in Ecuador free of charge* for the next few days. This takes place with immediate effect.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s coast on Saturday, April 16 and reports on Monday suggest a magnitude 5.1 follow up quake occurred near Portoviejo, Ecuador. The death toll currently stands at over 350 and authorities in the country say the fatalities could increase massively over the coming days.

Japan was hit by two huge earthquakes on Thursday and Friday, with more than 150,000 already displaced and forced out of their homes.