Apple has announced that they are extending free access to their life-saving Emergency SOS via satellite service for existing iPhone 14 users for an additional year. This technology was initially launched on all iPhone 14 models in the U.S. and Canada and has now been expanded to the iPhone 15 lineup in 16 countries and regions.
The Emergency SOS via satellite service allows users to text with emergency services even when they are outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. For iPhone 14 users who activated their devices before November 15, 2023, the free trial of this service is extended. Additionally, roadside assistance via satellite is available in the U.S. and users can access it on a pay-per-use basis for AAA roadside assistance services if they are not AAA members.
Apple has also introduced Roadside Assistance via satellite, connecting users to AAA in the U.S. if they encounter car trouble outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. This service is included for free for two years for users of iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models.
In addition to these services, Apple has implemented several other safety features to assist users in critical situations. The Find My app allows users to share their location via satellite, providing peace of mind for friends and family when traveling off the grid. Crash Detection automatically dials emergency services if a severe car crash is detected, which is especially useful if the user is unconscious or unable to reach their iPhone. The Check In feature enables users to notify friends and family automatically when they reach their destination safely. Medical ID allows first responders to access critical medical information from the Lock Screen without a passcode through the Health app.
Apple’s commitment to user safety is reflected in the extension of free access to Emergency SOS via satellite. The company has highlighted the success of this service in real-life scenarios, including the rescue of a man whose car plunged over a 400-foot cliff in Los Angeles and the location of lost hikers in the Apennine Mountains in Italy.