Apple promised two years of free Emergency satellite SOS service when it announced the iPhone 14 series last September. Surprisingly, Apple has now extended the free phase of the service for another year. The Emergency SOS function via satellite can be used to send Emergency calls in areas without cell phone coverage.
According to the press release, Apple will now extend the Emergency SOS free trial. All you need is an iPhone 14 that was activated before November 15, 2023 at 12 p.m. PT. Additionally, the user’s country must support Emergency SOS via satellite. Currently supported countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.
In addition to sending SOS messages via satellite, you can also do the following things with your Apple iPhone 14:
- You can open the Find My app and share your location with friends and family via satellite while there is no cellular connection.
- Accident detection can detect a serious car accident and automatically call emergency services if you are unconscious or unable to reach your iPhone.
- With Check-In you can automatically notify friends and family when you have arrived safely at your destination.
- You can also set up your medical ID in the Health app. Additionally, first responders can see important medical information at a glance right on the lock screen without the need for a passcode.
There is still no information about the actual price for Apple Emergency SOS via satellite after the free trial period has expired.