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Apple vs TRAI 10 Reasons why Your iPhone may Become ‘Useless’ in India

If you are an Apple iPhone user then soon you may face deactivation by telecom operator. This is because Apple is not agreeing to a new mandatory compliance regulation enforced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The new regulation is primarily meant to curb pesky commerical calls and SMSes and telecom operators will have to follow this strictly. Here are 10 things you need to know about the new regulation and year-old Apple versus TRAI battle that can render your iPhone useless after telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone and others refuse to provide service. Here’s all you need to know about this controversy that threatens to make iPhones ‘useless’ in India …

TRAI has just released the Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation which aims to fight pesky calls and messages and allows subscribers to report directly.

Apple hasn’t allowed TRAI to release its DND 2.0 app on its App Store.

Apple doesn’t allow third-party apThis is exactly the battle Apple and TRAI has been fighting for an year now. While Google has agreed to allow the DND 2.0 app on its Play Store following the new manadate, Apple has denied. With this, the TRAI has said that those phones that do not follow TRAI’s norms and allow the DND 2.0 app to be downloaded by subscribers will be “derecognised”.ps to get access to calls and SMSes.

Mobile numbers used by iPhones and Apple Watch may be deactivated If TRAI “derecognises” Apple iPhones or other iOS devices including Apple Watch 3 Cellular, then telecom operators will be forced to deactivate mobile numbers used by iPhones or Apple Watch 3 Cellular. In other words, iPhone users will be cut-off from mobile connectivity.

It has a mechanism to report these in the upcoming iOS 12 Apple has included features at the OS-level on iOS 12 to allow users to report pesky calls. But it seems the government is not willing to launch a separate app for it.

Apple’s refusal to allow the DND 2.0 app on iOS App Store has made telecom regulator in the country angry. According to a Bloomberg report, this has “harmed the company’s efforts to sell more products in the country.”

Apple is open to taking TRAI to the court. According to Apple, “TRAI has exceeded its jurisdiction by stipulating that telcos will have to shut down handsets that do not permit the regulator’s do-not-disturb (DND) app to be downloaded.”

Google has agreed to allow the app TRAI has launched a new app called Do not Disturb (DND 2.0) that allows smartphone users to

register their mobile number under DND to avoid pesky calls and messages. The app is so far available only on Android smartphones.

The DND 2.0 app is already available on Google Play and Android smartphone brands and users need not worry about deactivation as they are already complying with the new norms. –Gadgets No

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