The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) introduced its ‘Do Not Disturb’ app and Apple’s refusal to include it on its app store and iOS, Apple has approved the DND app, which is available for download on the App Store as ‘TRAI DND – Do Not Disturb’.
To enable TRAI DND app, Apple users need to follow some steps:
Get ‘TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb’ from Apple store and you will be guided through a three-step process to register for or modify your preferences and after that, you can start reporting offending text messages and calls by giving the app the necessary permission.
You need to follow three steps to register for DND
1)DND Registration: Sign up for DND
2)Enable the DND extension on your phone
3)Report spam via your message/phone app
It is expected that TRAI DND will help Indian users to curb unwanted spam calls and messages by reporting them to their respective telecom service provider (TSP).
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.
TRAI had launched the DND app in July and it crowdsources information to identify telemarketers. The app assists a user in reporting spam SMSs and blocks pesky calls. The DND app allows mobile subscribers to report unsolicited commercial calls and messages to TRAI, which it may then analyse and take action against the offenders. TRAI app gets synced with the address book of a subscriber’s phone. However, Apple had maintained that its strict privacy standards do not allow any app to be synced with subscriber data.