Optus offers free calls to Belgium
Following the Brussels bombings, Optus has made all calls to Belgium free for its customers for the rest of the month.
Optus has today announced that its customers may call Belgium for free to check if family or friends are safe and secure, following the bombings in Brussels overnight. That's a very useful option if you have friends or relatives travelling in the area.
The rules for free calls apply slightly differently if you’re a postpaid contract customer or on an Optus prepaid service.
For postpaid customers, any calls made to Belgian numbers after 12:01am on 22 March until 11:59pm 31 March 2016 won’t be charged to your bill.
For prepaid customers, the free calling provision doesn’t kick in until 7am on 24 March, after which free calls to Belgian numbers will be available until 11:59pm 31 March 2016.
Optus notes, and it’s well worth considering, that call volumes to Belgium in light of the attacks may be much higher than normal and it may be difficult to place calls. If you have alternative means of contacting friends and family in Belgium (such as sending emails), then try using those as well. That said, it's a helpful gesture and one which ensures you can contact people in Belgium without stressing about the cost.