Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite is now live, free to use for 2 years

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Apple released several unique new features with the launch of the iPhone 14 series in September and one of them, emergency SOS via satellite has finally gone live. Available for use to iPhone 14 series users in the United States and Canada yesterday, it allows you to send a distress message when there are out of cellular range and WiFi coverage. 

In a statement, Apple announced that users can now connect with emergency services using satellite in North America, with France, Germany, Ireland and UK to follow suit next month. The tech giant also said the feature also allows users to share their location via satellite by opening the Find My app on their iPhone 14 series. 


In case you’re not familiar with the feature, it allows users to quickly and easily call emergency services if they need help outside of cellular and WiFi ranges. It utilises an easy-to-use interface which would guide users to face their iPhones in the location of an available satellite and through a short questionnaire, transmit a message to emergency dispatchers.

This message includes the user’s questionnaire responses; location, including altitude; iPhone battery level; and Medical ID, if enabled. Moreover, the SOS will be sent to dispatchers that accept text messages, or to relay centres staffed by Apple‑trained specialists who can call for help on the user’s behalf. Besides that, the transcript can also be shared with the user’s emergency contacts to keep them informed.

Similar to the company’s presentation during the launching of the iPhone 14 series, Apple reiterated that the service would be free for 2 years to all users at the time of the activation of a new iPhone 14 series smartphone. As of the time of writing, Apple has yet to reveal whether this would be a paid subscription service after the 2-year period and whether the service would be expanded to Malaysia. 

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