Some customers who joined Optus before August 2021 may not be able to access the telco’s data compensation without switching to direct debit.
Following the Optus network outage last week, the provider has issued a range of "goodwill gestures" to its customers by way of compensation for the down time. Postpaid customers can access free bonus data via a 100GB data Add-On in the My Optus app, but reportedly some have been prompted to update their payment method before the $0 transaction can take place.
An Optus spokesperson told WhistleOut that all Choice Plus plans require an automatic payment method to be linked to the account at all times. Without these payment details, customers won’t be able to add their extra data.
When Optus updated its Choice plans to Choice Plus in August 2021, direct debit became mandatory for all users on these plans. Therefore it is likely this glitch is affecting customers that joined the telco prior to this change, before an automatic payment method was required.
WhistleOut was made aware of the issue when various TikTok users commented on a video about the compensation, noting it was unavailable unless customers use automatic payments. Users took to a similar video by TikTok creator itstwaj to oppose mandatory direct debit.