Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

Apple approves India’s controversial Do Not Disturb app

In July, TRAI issued a directive to Indian telecom companies telling them that phones that did not support TRAI-DND app would have to be barred from the telecom networks in India. However, with the app being approved and available in the App Store, it remains unknown if Apple actually made sure this particular requirement was reached, or if it simply ignored that initial demand in an effort to avoid the looming iPhone ban. Apple had then said it would not modify its guidelines to allow any app access to contacts, see call logs or view text messages. In July, after the telecom regulator has threatened to ban iPhones from India's cellular networks if Apple did not approve its DND app by January 2019, the smartphone company had announced that its iOS 12.1 would have an extension that would allow users to block unwanted calls and messages.

"With that deadline fast approaching, an Apple spokesperson in India has confirmed that the app became available today in the iOS App Store", the VentureBeat reported late on Friday'.

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Apple is now hosting the app- "TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb"- as long as it does not compromise Apple's privacy norms and also meets Trai's objectives. Apple faced threat of millions of iPhones running on networks across the country being derecognised.

If you're an iPhone user, you can download the app from here.

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Similarly, you can report telemarketing calls from within the Phone app. The Indian telecom regulator and the iPhone maker were stuck in a disagreement for over two years for the DND app. The app description says that it may take up to seven days for getting a number registered for the DND service.

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