Already in recent days, domestic operators recorded about 20 to 30 percent more calls due to the impending invasion of Russia. However, the dramatic increase at a three-digit rate did not occur until Wednesday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an attack by the armed forces on strategic targets in Ukraine.
“The number of calls from the Czech Republic to Ukraine on Wednesday increased by 900% compared to the current day. We want to help those who are trying to connect with their families and friends immediately. All calls to Ukraine are now free from our mobile network, “said Vodafone spokesman Ondřej Luštinec.
Toll-free calling also applies to T-Mobile and the virtual operators operating in its network. “Given the current serious situation, we allow all our customers, including Kaktus and MOBIL.CZ, to make calls and send SMS between the Czech Republic and Ukraine free of charge. We want to help everyone who needs to stay in touch with their loved ones in the affected areas, “said T-Mobile spokeswoman Zuzana Svobodová.
The Czech and Slovak O2 will be subject to the same conditions as if people were calling in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “We are not indifferent to the fate of people in Ukraine, as well as our customers and employees who have families and friends in Ukraine. In the course of tomorrow, we are moving calls to Ukrainian numbers to the same category as calls within the European Union. As well as roaming from Ukraine. The Slovak O2 has also decided to include Ukraine in the EU zone, “said O2 spokeswoman Kateřina Mikšovská.