Apple Approves India’s Do Not Disturb App and Avoids iPhone Ban


Indian consumers sporting an iPhone running iOS 12.1 or later can install the DND app for free by clicking on this link. In simple words, TRAI wanted to ban use of devices that didn't allow installation and use of its DND app.

Apple and TRAI struggled to come to an agreement on this issue for nearly a year before in July the Indian regulators threatened to ban the iPhone in the country. And now, the app is available for iPhone and iPad users as well.

The resolution has been a long time coming.

With spam callers increasingly becoming an issue all over the world, India set out to tackle the problem by implementing a “Do Not Disturb” app that could let users report spam numbers and register to a ‘do not call registry so that Indian subscribers can see relief from constant telemarketing calls.

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The iPhone maker swept out the apps because their developers pushed updates without its permission, The Telegraph reported Thursday, citing local reports.

Once you've followed these steps, you can report pesky text messages straight from the Messages app. It sought access to a user's SMS and call logs and on this subject, Apple was very touchy because it believed that third-parties should not access such details. "These messages may include verification codes from banks or other institutions, as well as other personal or sensitive information that may be in text messages", the alert continues.

The app, which is now available on the Apple App Store, says that "Registration of mobile number under DND will take upto 07 days after putting the request with respective telecom service provider".