Months after TRAI threat, Apple allows DND app on App Store

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The DND app is already available in Google Play Store for Android users as Google allowed it in 2016.

Impact: If you're often browsing through the Play Store, chances are you're more than familiar with most of these apps, movies, games, TV shows, ebooks, and audiobooks, depending on what you're into, but if you're not, you can always navigate to the provided link, and try out any of the content Google mentioned.

TRAI had wanted Apple to approve government's DND or Do Not Disturb app which the company had earlier hadn't done. The app is purely meant to help report spam calls and text messages, and uninstalling the app takes away the option to directly report spam calls and texts through the phone and messages apps on your iPhone.

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"Fed up with years of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, India's telecom regulator TRAI threatened in July to ban iPhones from the country's cellular networks". Currently, it is unclear that the version of DND that is released in the App Store follows the additional privacy protection or not.

The new app from the regulator will allow the users to report telemarketing calls and messages. The app will allow you to select DND preferences, and will set up the SMS to send. The iPhone and iPad users will be able to download and install the TRAI-DND app in their devices for free from the iOS App Store. Apple, as we mentioned, is extremely strict about the kind of apps it puts out there.

We are not exactly surprised by Apple's move as India is an extremely important market for the company and it would do the necessary to avoid an iPhone ban here. The problem, according to sources within Apple, was that the TRAI-DND app was deemed a privacy risk. Just swipe from right to left on a number on a call listing under the Recents section of the Phone app and you will see the option to Report numbers in addition to the Delete option.