Apple offers Emergency SOS via satellite for a free year to existing iPhone 14 owners. One year ago today, Apple’s breakthrough satellite-based safety service Emergency SOS became available on all iPhone 14 models in the United States and Canada.
Apple offers Emergency SOS via satellite for a free year to existing iPhone 14 owners
This breakthrough feature, which allows users to text with emergency services while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage and is now available on the iPhone 15 series in 16 countries and regions, has already made a tremendous effect, leading to the saving of countless lives. Apple stated today that existing iPhone 14 users will have free access to Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional year.
“Emergency SOS via satellite has assisted in the saving of lives all over the world.” We continue to hear stories of our customers connecting with emergency responders when they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “We are so happy iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for two more years for free.”
Building on this satellite infrastructure, Apple recently launched Roadside support via satellite, which connects customers to AAA if they experience car issues while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.2 Other safety features that can give support when it counts the most include:
- Users can use the Find My app to broadcast their location via satellite with friends and family while travelling off the grid.
- If a user is unconscious or unable to reach their iPhone, Crash Detection can identify a serious vehicle accident and automatically summon emergency services.
- Check-In enables users to automatically tell friends and family when they have arrived safely at their location.
- Users can create a Medical ID in the Health app to allow first responders to access essential medical information from the Lock Screen without entering a passcode.