Apple Is Rolling Out iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature To More Countries
Apple has today confirmed that it is rolling its Emergency SOS feature out to six new countries.
The news came as a passing reference in the press release that announced the new yellow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Noting that the feature has already proven to be able to help emergency services save lives, Apple said that the feature is coming to new countries later this month, although it didn’t confirm exactly when that would be.
This service — which has already helped users in emergency situations in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the U.K. — will come to Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal later this month.
Emergency SOS via Satellite allows people to call for help when their iPhone doesn’t have an active Wi-Fi or cellular data connection and would otherwise be left with no way to call assistance.
Apple says that the feature uses custom components and software to make it possible for emergency services to get to people who need their help.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus offer critical safety capabilities that can provide emergency assistance when it matters most. Emergency SOS via satellite allows users to message with emergency services when cellular and Wi-Fi coverage are not available through a combination of custom-designed components and deeply integrated software. Additionally, if users want to reassure friends and family of their whereabouts while off the grid, they can open the Find My app and share their location via satellite.
The Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is available to owners of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple says it’s free for the first two years but is yet to confirm how much it will cost once that time is up.