Back when the iPhone 14 series was announced, Apple promised two years of free Emergency SOS via satellite connectivity. iPhone 15 series too got their share of two years support as well. As per the latest update, Apple has announced an additional year of emergency SOS support via satellite to iPhone 14 users and that’s all free of charge.
Apple says that it will extend the free trial of iPhone 14 users who had activated their devices in countries supporting Emergency SOS via satellite before midnight PT on November 15, 2023. As of now, the Emergency SOS features are available in the following countries – Australia, Belgium, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, the UK and the US.
The Cupertino-based giant announced Emergency SOS via satellite on the iPhone 14 series as a feature to save lives around the globe where cellular networks may not be possible. For instance, the feature helped rescue a man whose car plummeted off a 400ft cliff in Los Angeles while another story revolves around hikers who were found lost in the Apennine Mountains in Italy.
Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 series got the feature and it didn’t take other manufacturers much time to develop their tech as well such as Samsung announced the two-way satellite messaging feature on the Galaxy S24 series.
Circling back to Apple, there’s no update on the pricing once its free trial ends. However, the tech juggernaut is yet to roll out the feature across the globe except where it is already available i.e. the list of countries aforementioned.
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