The removal of the apps was in compliance with an order from India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which banned the apps due to their failure to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Department.
In compliance with a directive from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India, Google has taken down Airalo and Holafly from the Play Store. This action was prompted by the companies selling eSIMs without the necessary permissions.
As of January 7th, Apple has taken down these applications from the iOS App Store.
eSIMs, or electronic SIMs, serve as digital counterparts to physical SIM cards and can be easily downloaded and installed on a variety of contemporary smartphones. Companies like Airalo and Holafly specialize in providing eSIMs for various countries and regions, offering a hassle-free solution for travelers seeking a temporary local number during their international journeys.
The applications were prohibited due to their lack of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), a prerequisite for any entity selling foreign SIM cards in the country. Moreover, in accordance with DoT’s policy, foreign SIM cards provided to Indian customers are only permissible for use outside the country.