Brazil Suspends Sales for Big Three Cell Operators

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian regulators have suspended sales of
new cellphone plans by three big carriers because of poor service
and customer complaints.

Brazilian phone regulator Anatel says in a statement that
carriers Oi, TIM and Claro cannot make new sales starting Monday in
a varying number of states. Together, the companies represent about
70 percent of Brazil's mobile phone market.

Sales for TIM Participacoes SA are halted in 19 states. It is
the local unit of Telecom Italia SpA. Oi, which is Telemar Norte
Leste SA, has sales stopped in five states. America Movil SA's
Brazilian unit Claro SA has sales suspended in three states.

The companies have 30 days to present investment plans to
regulators showing how they'll improve service. Only after plans
are approved can sales resume.

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