TRAI Threatens To Ban iPhones in India Over Anti-Spam App Tussle

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The tussle between Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and Apple could lead to the ban on iPhones in India.

India is one of the few countries where spam calls and messages have disturbed phone users for a long, long time. TRAI, India’s telecom regulatory authority intervened in the issue and had developed an anti-spam app named Do Not Disturb (DND) which would put a halt to spam calls and messages.

The app requires access to call logs and messages to block all promotional and spam calls. The data would be sent to TRAI who would monitor and ensure that users are not pestered by such calls and messages.

Google allowed the app to be downloaded from the Google Play Store whereas Apple has refused to host the app on the App Store as the app requires access to calls and messages logs.

After years of locking horns, the matter has taken a serious turn now. TRAI has updated its regulations which states “Every Access Provider shall ensure, within six months’ time, that all smart phone devices registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such Apps as prescribed in the regulations 6(2)(e) and regulations 23(2)(d).”

If any service provider doesn’t comply with the regulations, then the government is liable to derecognize the devices.

Presently, Apple has not given any official statement on the issue, and it is not clear what can be done to break the deadlock. However, with Apple witnessing an all-time low sale record in India, it would be wise if the Cupertino based company agrees to make an exception in the rules here for their own benefit.

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Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.

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