Apple’s new satellite communications debuted with the iPhone 14 this September. This feature is scheduled to be released first in the US and Canada in November 2022. As a recent report suggests, the potentially life-saving feature could arrive in more countries shortly after the initial launch. NextPit will tell you in this article where and when you can use it. iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max hands-on
- The iPhone 14 satellite feature launches first in the US and Canada in November.
- Rumor has it that Apple will expand availability to other countries at the end of 2022.
- The service is provided free of charge for two years, but the future cost has not yet been disclosed.
Integrated into Emergency SOS and Crash Detection on the iPhone 14 series (comparison), this feature uses a satellite connection to contact authorities during emergencies and in places where Wi-Fi or cellular networks are unavailable. You can also share your location with your favorite contacts through the Find My app.
Which iPhone models support SOS Emergency via Satellite?
Currently, only iPhone 14 (Plus) and iPhone 14 Pro (Max) series are supported. This feature is not available even for the latest Watch Ultra and Watch Series 8 models, but it will also be available for later iPhone models such as the iPhone 15. You can find a list of compatible devices below.
To make an emergency call, you need to point your iPhone 14 Pro (Max) at the satellite. iOS 16 will help you with this.
Countries where iPhone satellite communications are available for emergencies
Apple has confirmed that the service will launch first in the US and Canada starting in November. The company has not yet specified when exactly in November the feature will be available to users of these markets. We will update the list below as more countries are added.
As for other countries, Apple has yet to announce availability outside of the US. However, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to MacPrime that emergency satellite communications could roll out to other regions as early as this year. We will update this section as new details become available.
How much will it cost and what happens if you don’t have a plan?
Apple has partnered with Globalstar to provide constellation-like coverage and serve the most remote places on earth. Moreover, the service is considered free for the first two years. But it’s still a matter of what happens if you don’t have a subscription and need to use this feature.
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