This week the world was once again shaken with terrorist attacks that crippled Brussels and left 34 people killed and over 250 injured.
While the country is struggling but steadily overcoming the painful tragedy, the world mourned with them and offered assistance as much as they can. Google, who is never far from such acts, has once again shown its compassionate side as it offers free calls via its social media channels to Brussels, as well as Turkey, which also suffered a similar attack in the past weeks.
The free calls were announced by the search engine yesterday on its Google Plus account. The said post expressed feelings of sadness and concern to those affected by the attacks.
The tech giant’s message states, “To help people stay informed and connected with loved ones, we’re offering free calls via Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer or Google Voice to Belgium and Turkey. You can now make free calls to people on Belgium’s biggest mobile carriers—Lycamobile, Mobistar, Proximus, and Telenet—and to all landlines in Turkey.”
Meanwhile, according to International Business Times, while the tech giant’s Hangouts calls via the internet are mostly free, it requires strong internet connection for both ends, which is a problem right now for those in Belgium, given their circumstances. But the Hangouts dialer, which works like Skype, requires Google credits and a working phone connection.
Additionally, the search giant is also updating its Now cards to include information on the current transport options within Brussels. This might prove useful for citizens, as their transportation means have been crippled by the attacks; transport closures around the cities have been imposed. Google’s Now cards also come with the Government’s Crisis Centre link for easy access to those who need it.
On the other hand, several carriers and social medial companies have also come forward to help keep Brussels connected to the world. Facebook has also been observed to have its safety check app activated hours after the attack.
Inverse reports that the recent attacks were on Brussels’ Zaventem airport, where 11 people died and over 100 were injured. The other attack was on the city’s Maelbeek metro station that has resulted to 20 people getting killed and over 130 injured. The attack was later claimed by ISIS.
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