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Apple’s iPhone might get banned in India

Due to a conflict with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Apple’s iPhone might get banned in India.

During the last few years, Apple has expanded to India, which is a highly competitive market, since over one billion people live there. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India requires that every device on the network can install an app in an effort to protect mobile users’ privacy and block spam calls and messages. Ironically, Apple does not allow this app on the App Store because of privacy concerns.

The app needs to access the call history of the phone and message logs, and that is something what Apple does not like. As you can imagine, that is not a problem on Android devices, since you can manually control permissions for each individual app. The regulator requires that all carriers in India make TRAI’s “Do Not Disturb” app available for users to download and install on their device. The app then gives users the ability to report unsolicited calls and messages.

It has been a battle for a while now, and it has been going on for over a year now. However, TRAI has said that every device mush be able to install the app within 6 months from now. Failing that, your iPhone will be cut off from the carrier’s network – making it pretty useless. The new rule 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).

Provided that where such devices do not permit functioning of such Apps as prescribed in regulations 6(2)(e) and regulations 23(2)(d), Access Providers shall, on the order or direction of the Authority, derecognize such devices from their telecom networks.

iOS 12 will have the ability to report calls and texts as spam, but it is not clear if that will be good enough for the new rules.

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