Apple has announced that it is extending the free trial period of the Emergency SOS via satellite feature for iPhone 14 users. This ground-breaking service allows users to contact emergency services when other means of communication are unavailable. With the ability to connect to necessary assistance via satellite-based communication, iPhone 14 users can reach out for help even when they are outside the coverage area of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The feature has been proven to be life-saving in several situations, making its extension an important development for iPhone users.
In a press release, Apple revealed that it is extending the two-year free trial of the Emergency SOS via satellite feature for another year. This means that iPhone 14 users will be able to take advantage of this service for an extended period, at no additional cost. Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance, expressed the company’s excitement about this extension, highlighting the importance of this service in emergency situations.
The free trial extension will be available for iPhone 14 users who have activated their devices in countries that support Emergency SOS via satellite prior to November 15, 2023. Currently, the feature is available in several countries, including 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 word on when the service will be introduced in India.
This extension comes after Apple initially launched the iPhone 14 lineup, which includes four models, and introduced the Emergency SOS via satellite feature in November 2022, initially limited to the US and Canada. However, Apple has expanded the feature to include more countries as time has gone on. This new capability allows eligible iPhone 14 users to communicate their location with friends and family and use the Find My app even when they are off the grid, in a location without cellular or wireless connectivity.
In addition to the Emergency SOS via satellite feature, Apple has also introduced other satellite-related services. The Roadside Assistance via satellite feature connects car owners to AAA roadside assistance in regions with no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. This feature, included for free for two years, provides support in case of car trouble. It requires iOS 17 on the device to function properly.
Moreover, Apple has extended the Emergency SOS via satellite service to iPhone 15 users in 16 countries and regions. The company recently expanded the feature to include Spain and Switzerland, further increasing its accessibility and availability.