Brazil lifts ban on sales of cellphone plans

Brazil lifts ban on sales of cellphone plans by 3 carriers

Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Three of Brazil's main cellphone companies have resumed sales in several states after the government lifted an 11-day ban because of poor service and customer complaints.

Brazilian phone regulator Anatel says in a Friday statement that carriers Oi, TIM and Claro have been allowed to resume sales because they presented concrete plans to improve services and infrastructure.

On July 23, sales for TIM Participacoes SA were are halted in 19 states. It is the local unit of Telecom Italia SpA. Telemar Norte Leste SA's Oi service had sales stopped in five states. America Movil SA's Brazilian unit Claro SA had sales suspended in three states.

Anatel says the three companies will invest 20 billion reals ($10 billion) to improve services.

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