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Orange is hopeful that an "intermittent" problem that causes crossed lines between its network and Vodafone will be sorted in the next day or so.

Six weeks ago The Register reported how an "intermittent crossed line fault on the Orange UK network" was being blamed for some callers being able to listen in to other people's calls - and presumably, other people earwigging their conversations too.

Yesterday, a reader told us: "I'm having problems with Orange again. For the past 48 hours I keep keep getting completely crossed lines and ending up with the person I'm calling talking to someone else and me connected to someone else too.

"I thought that kind of thing couldn't happen in this day and age. It's happened six times in two days." A spokeswoman for Orange said that only a "tiny number of customers" were affected by the glitch, which was blamed on a "faulty circuit between Orange and Vodafone".

"We expect it to be fixed in the next day or so," she said. ®

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