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

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San Francisco: Apple puts a spam-filtering app "Do Not Disturb" on its iOS App Store, months after regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) threatened to ban iPhones if the firm did not approve the app by January 2019.

According to a new report from Telegraph, more than 700 apps - including Sogou, a Chinese alternative to Google, and Pinduodo, an online retail app - were removed from Apple's App Store for the Chinese market on Tuesday.

Apple wasn't allowing TRAI's app on the App Store as it required access to information like call logs and SMS - something that's against the company's policies.

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. The Indian telecom regulator and the iPhone maker were stuck in a disagreement for over two years for the DND app. For those who are unaware, this only allows limited access to call and SMS data of the users. And now, the app is available for iPhone and iPad users as well. However, we should point out that not all the features of Truecaller that run on its Android version are available for the iOS version. In a nutshell, you can download the app to avoid those pesky calls and messages from telemarketers. 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.

If you have an Apple device and you wish to use the app, you can head to App Store and download it for free. To do this, swipe from right to left on a number in your recent calls list, and select the "report" option.

For registering the complaints, the app will will auto-create a complaint registration message, which will be send to the telecom service provider.

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