Apple introduced Emergency SOS via satellite for all iPhone 14 users in November 2022. When there is no other option to contact emergency services, Emergency SOS through satellite feature can help users contact them. Compatible iPhone models attempt to connect customers to needed assistance via satellite-based communications in the event they are unable to reach emergency services due to being out of the coverage area of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. This feature has been described as life saving in many situations so far. The Emergency SOS feature, initially provided free for two years, will now be available to iPhone 14 users for a longer period at no additional cost.
iPhone maker confirmed in a Press release It is extending the two-year free trial of the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature for iPhone 14 users by another year. “We’re thrilled that iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for free for two more years,” Kaien Dance, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPhone product marketing, said in the release.
According to Apple, the free trial will be extended to iPhone 14 users who activated their device via satellite before 12am PT (1:30am IST) on November 15, 2023, in a country that supports Emergency SOS Is. Currently, Emergency SOS via Satellite is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and US. There is no information about when this feature will come to India.
Apple launched the iPhone 14 lineup in September 2022 with four models – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. After this, Emergency SOS was released through satellite feature in November the same year. Initially only in the US and Canada, and later it was expanded to more countries.
Depending on satellite connectivity capability, eligible iPhone 14 users traveling off the grid, that is, a location without cellular or wireless connectivity, can also use the Find My app and connect with friends and family via satellite. Can communicate about location.
Apple also introduced the Roadside Assistance via Satellite feature in the US, which connects car owners to AAA roadside assistance in case of car trouble in an area without cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. According to Apple, the feature is included for free for two years starting at the time of activation of the new iPhone 15 or 14 series models, and will require iOS 17 on the device to work.
According to Apple, Emergency SOS via Satellite service has also been expanded to iPhone 15 users in 16 countries and regions. The company has recently expanded this facility to Spain and Switzerland. Apple launched its latest iPhones at its ‘Wonderlust’ event in September.