Apple has announced that it is extending the free usage period for Emergency SOS satellite features for iPhone 14 users. Previously, iPhone 14 customers were given two free years of usage, which would have expired next year. However, all current iPhone 14 users will now have an additional two years of free usage.
The company has not disclosed the pricing for Emergency SOS via satellite once the free period ends. This announcement allows Apple to postpone any decision-making on the matter for the foreseeable future.
It’s important to note that the free period for iPhone 15 users has not been extended. iPhone 15 users will still have a two-year free usage model, with expiration beginning in September 2024. As a result, both iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 customers will see their free periods expire around September 2025. This gives Apple ample time to determine the pricing plans for these features.
Emergency SOS via satellite is a feature that enables compatible iPhone users to send short text messages to nearby emergency services, even when they are outside the range of Wi-Fi or cellular signals. This feature allows individuals to seek assistance in situations where they would otherwise be unable to contact anyone.
Furthermore, users can also update their location in the Find My app using the satellite signal. With the iPhone 15, Apple has expanded the Emergency SOS feature to include contacting roadside assistance in the event of a vehicle breakdown.
It is unclear what the future pricing structure for Emergency SOS via satellite will be after the free usage period ends. However, Apple’s decision to extend the free period for iPhone 14 users will give them more time to consider their options and make an informed decision.