iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Officially Expands to France, Germany, UK and Ireland

Shortly after Emergency SOS was announced via satellite in the United States and Canada, Apple brought the feature to four more countries; France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. There have been rumors that the company will expand into other regions, with the official announcement today.

Apple has partnered with different services in these four countries to offer the Emergency SOS feature via satellite

In addition to the Emergency SOS feature via satellite, if iPhone owners want to let their friends and family know their location if they’re in an area with no Wi-Fi or cellular reception, Apple’s Find My app helps provide that information. For residents living in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, Emergency SOS via satellite is only compatible with iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

With iOS 16.2 expected to launch later today, Apple states that iPhone users who call their local emergency number will be redirected to 112, which is the European emergency service, but that is if the call does not go through a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

Gary Machado, CEO of the European Emergency Numbers Association, talks about the benefits of Apple’s Emergency SOS feature via satellite and how it will help combat a wide range of problems.

“Emergency SOS via satellite makes emergency communications via satellite much easier, which is very exciting. In practical terms, this means that many people will be able to call 112 when they do not have mobile coverage and need urgent assistance. We are on Confident that this will save many lives and will be of great assistance to the emergency services dealing with these often very complex rescue operations.”

The Emergency SOS feature works via satellite in the iPhone 14

John Anthony, president of the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officers, stated that Apple’s emergency feature for iPhone users will be able to save lives when there is no Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

“The ability to use satellite communication to call 999 or 112 when there is no cellular coverage or Wi-Fi is a feat that Apple made to the general public with the iPhone 14. This feature will mean that emergency services can be alerted when this happens. It wasn’t possible.” earlier and then they are able to do their jobs better, in part because raw information can be shared with dispatchers, such as location and basic details about an emergency. Ultimately, this will help save lives.”

The emergency satellite SOS service will be free for two years, after which Apple is expected to start charging users, although the amount or structure of the fee is not mentioned. What was mentioned is the fact that Apple launched the feature with the help of Globalstar, a global satellite communications company, and invested $450 million to bring it to the masses. The tech giant is likely aiming to recoup this investment and is therefore expected to start charging customers after 24 months.

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If you want to get an in-depth understanding of how the feature works, be sure to read our detailed how-to article on how Apple Emergency SOS via Satellite functions and what kind of limitations you can encounter when using it for the first time.

News source: Apple

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