In November 2022, Apple introduced a groundbreaking feature called Emergency SOS via satellite for all iPhone 14 users. This feature serves as a lifeline when users find themselves in situations where they are unable to contact emergency services through traditional means. By utilizing satellite-based communication, compatible iPhone models are able to connect users to necessary assistance even in areas with no cellular or Wi-Fi network coverage. The importance and effectiveness of this feature have already been proven in various life-saving situations.
To the delight of iPhone 14 users, Apple recently announced that it is extending the two-year free trial of the Emergency SOS via satellite feature for an additional year. This means that iPhone 14 users can continue to benefit from this service without any additional cost. Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, expressed joy in a press release, stating, “We are so happy iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for two more years for free.”
iPhone 14 users who have activated their devices in countries that support Emergency SOS via satellite prior to November 15, 2023, can enjoy the extended free trial. Currently, the feature is available in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. However, there is no official information regarding its availability in India at this time.
Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup was launched in September 2022, featuring four models: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Just a few months later, the Emergency SOS via satellite feature was introduced in the US and Canada, with subsequent expansion to additional countries. Building upon the satellite connectivity capability, eligible iPhone 14 users can now make use of the Find My app to share their location with friends and family when traveling off the grid, where there is no cellular or wireless connectivity available. This additional feature adds a layer of security and peace of mind for users venturing into remote areas.
Recognizing the importance of assistance in times of car trouble, Apple also introduced the Roadside Assistance via satellite feature in the US. This feature connects car-owners to AAA (American Automobile Association) roadside assistance when in regions with no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Similar to the Emergency SOS via satellite feature, Roadside Assistance is included for free for two years upon activation of a new iPhone 15 or 14 series model. However, it requires iOS 17 on the device to function properly.
In addition to iPhone 14 users, Apple has extended the Emergency SOS via satellite service to iPhone 15 users in 16 countries and regions. Recently, the feature was expanded to Spain and Switzerland, allowing iPhone 15 users in these countries to benefit from the lifesaving capabilities of satellite-based communication. This demonstrates Apple’s commitment to providing essential services to its users, irrespective of the model they own.
The introduction of the Emergency SOS via satellite feature by Apple has revolutionized the way iPhone users can seek assistance in emergency situations. By leveraging satellite-based communication, this feature ensures that users can connect with emergency services even in areas without traditional network coverage. The extension of the free trial for iPhone 14 users is a testament to Apple’s dedication towards the safety and well-being of its customers. With this feature, users can venture into remote areas with confidence, knowing that help is just a satellite connection away.