Apple’s announcement of the yellow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus yesterday brought some other news besides the phones themselves. For one, Apple Pay has finally landed in South Korea. As a result, after many years, Samsung’s near monopoly in the field of mobile payments in the Asian country finally fell. On the other hand, there was news about satellite communications: Apple’s emergency SOS service via satellite will be expanded to six more countries this month.
These countries include Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal. This doubles the number of countries where the satellite-based emergency communications service is available. The previous six countries include the US, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK. This means that the number will be twelve in just a few weeks.
In the announcement, Apple again clearly points out that the emergency SOS service via satellite only works outdoors. Or in open spaces with a clear view of the sky. Also, obstacles such as trees or surrounding buildings can affect performance. After all, messages that are sent via satellite naturally take significantly longer to send. After all, they have to go to space and back again.