Cellphone firms lose record customers

The economic crisis hits Spain's three biggest mobile operators

With the crisis affecting just about everyone's pocketbook, Spain's three biggest cellphone operators are continuing to lose clients in record numbers as people cut back on services and defect to other companies with cheaper offers.

In October, 486,183 phone lines were lost in the whole sector - the biggest monthly drop in history, according to the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT).

The three big operators - Movistar, Vodafone and Orange - lost customers to other operators such as Yoigo and carriers that do not have their own networks, such as Jazztel Móvil.

Most of the phone lines that were cut or canceled were prepaid services, the CMT said.

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