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Apple approves TRAI’s DND app to avoid iPhone ban in India

03 December 2018

TRAI-Do Not Disturb app will solve the issue of spam calls and text messages that plagued the entire country.

Apple's stance against the app was due to privacy issues, as Apple wanted to make sure that the app, despite being government-regulated, did not provide a user's call or message logs to the authorities.

TRAI had wanted Apple to approve government's DND or Do Not Disturb app which the company had earlier hadn't done. Back in August, Apple pulled 25,000 apps from its store in China following criticism from the state-run media, which accused it of allowing banned content on the platform.

Gadgets Now checked and the app called TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb is available for free download. As the name suggests, the app basically attempts to help people avoid unwanted phone calls and messages - something that can be a big problem for some.

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the anti-spam app will be available from today on the iOS App Store. "For received calls that you report, the developer will receive information about the call, such as the caller's number and the time of the call". However, users should keep in mind that "registration of mobile number under DND will take upto 7 days" after requesting to activate the facility with telecom service providers. You will see the option to "Report Message" or "Report all Messages" at the bottom when viewing SMS from numbers not already in your Contacts. As a result, iPhones faced a risk of getting banned in the country as TRAI had ordered the telecom operators of India to de-recognize devices (disallow voice calls and SMS) that don't allow installation of the TRAI DND app. Once a user selects an unwanted call/message, DND will auto-generate the report and send them to the relevant carrier.

In the third step, the user will be shown how the app can be used for reporting spam.

Apple approves TRAI’s DND app to avoid iPhone ban in India