Optus has announced further measures on top of the already announced extra mobile data during April, to help their customers stay connected during the current challenging circumstances.
Optus chief executive officer designate Kelly Bayer Rosmarin said:
“Our hearts go out to all the people, businesses and communities that are being affected.
The entire Optus team is dedicated to ensuring we are here for all our customers – to keep us connected and to offer our support.”
Accessing Tech Support
Like many companies, with increasing lockdowns across the globe, Optus is experiencing significantly reduced capacity to answer all service calls as fast as they’d like to.
They have mobilised their stores so they too can be available to assist customers with questions and support and are working to hire new people who can be trained to provide support as well.
Optus is also in discussions with other Australian companies that have been heavily affected by current events as well as existing partners to have people join them this week.
Optus would also like to ask for your help:
- If you are not connected, or if you have severe service issues, suspected fraud, or urgent financial hardship, please continue to contact Optus call centres.
- All other service needs can be handled through convenient digital channels.
- In particular the My Optus App (Android, iOS) has a messaging service which allows Optus to communicate back and forth with you as soon as they are free – the messages are always kept and this gives them a chance to prioritise requests without missing a single one.
Supporting Customers in Need
Optus knows customers may find themselves in difficult financial circumstances due to the effects of COVID-19 so from today they are offering customers, including small businesses:
- Ability to put your current Optus plan on hold should there be no current need for the service
- Waiving of late payment fees for all Optus customers until 30 April
- Stopping of disconnection and credit collection activities until 30 April.
- Optus will also be providing more support for customers eligible for the Government Coronavirus financial support. They will be providing customers seeking support with more details on Friday.
Freebies and Reduced Restrictions
- Optus Sport free: For customers who are on paid Optus Sport subscriptions, monthly subscription fees will be suspended until the end of May 2020. You’ll still be able to access archives of classic matches, short-form highlights and more.
- Making all fixed broadband plans unlimited: A small number of older Optus plans have data caps, they will be making these plans unlimited until 30 April 2020 (on ADSL, NBN and Cable).