Free use of “Emergency SOS via satellite” on the iPhone 14 has been extended for one year

A year ago, Apple introduced the function “Emergency call SOS via satellite" introduced. This ensures that you can make an emergency call even without mobile communications and WiFi. The feature is also implemented in the current iPhone 15 models. After launching in the USA and Canada, it has now been launched in 16 other countries. Access is offered free of charge for two years for iPhone buyers. Anyone who has already bought an iPhone 14 can now look forward to an extension (a total of three years free of charge). The next two years are free with both the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 15, even if you bought them right at the launch.

Anyone who has already purchased an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max will now receive another free year of “Emergency SOS via satellite” on top of that. However, this only applies to devices that were purchased by 12:00 today.
Anyone who has already purchased an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max will now receive another free year of “Emergency SOS via satellite” on top of that. However, this only applies to devices that were purchased by 12:00 today.

Emergency call SOS via satellite for the iPhone 14 free for another year

"Emergency SOS via satellite has helped save lives around the world. From a man rescued after his car plunged down a 120-foot cliff in Los Angeles to lost hikers found in the Apennines in Italy, we hear stories like these all the time that make our customers... :inside were able to contact emergency services and would not have been able to do so any other waysaid Kaiann Drance, vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing at Apple. “We are very pleased that users of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 can use this groundbreaking service free of charge for another two years."

Apple mentions additional security mechanisms for its devices

In the press release on the subject (a short message in Newsroom) other security functions of the iPhone are also mentioned that are supposed to be convincing in addition to satellite communication. These are the following:

  • Users can use the “Where is?Open the app and share your location via satellite to let friends and family know their whereabouts when they are out of network coverage.
  • accident detection can detect a serious car accident and automatically make an emergency call if you are unconscious or cannot reach your iPhone.
  • companion allows users to automatically notify friends and family when they have arrived safely at their destination (requires iOS 17 or newer).
  • Users can choose their Emergency pass in the Health app so that first responders can access important medical information from the lock screen without having to enter a code.
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