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Cameroon call box operators strike over unfair treatment from mobile telephone companies

Call box operators in Yaounde have for the past three days been protesting against unfair treatment received from Cameroon's mobile telephone companies. The Yaounde offices of MTN, Orange and Nexttel were crowded earlier today by striking businessmen and women carrying placards with messages stating their demands. 

Blowing whistles and shouting at the top of their voices, the call box business community obstructed the flow of traffic along major roads in Yaounde. The call box operators were asking for better working conditions and higher profits. Some of their grievances included:

- The freedom to buy credit from any sales point

- The improvement in credit transfer procedures

- A more speedy credit transfer notification.

- An increase in profit margin

- A more honest partnership between service providers and mobile telephone companies.

The callbox operators also expressed frustration over being sidelined by the many low-cost options proposed directly to consumers by the mobile operators. These service providers are determined to carry on with the strike until concrete solutions are provided. Competent authorities are currently working on a crisis meeting to listen and propose solutions to the demands of the striking operators.

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