Apple has announced that it will be extending its free access to the Emergency SOS via satellite feature for another year. This service was launched a year ago for iPhone 14 users in the US and Canada, and it is now available for the iPhone 15 lineup in 16 countries.
The Emergency SOS feature allows iPhone users to text emergency services even when they are outside of Wi-Fi and cellular coverage. It has already made a significant impact in saving lives around the world. Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance, stated that they have received stories of customers being able to connect with emergency responders in situations where they wouldn’t have been able to before.
In addition to the Emergency SOS feature, Apple has also introduced Roadside Assistance via satellite to help users with car trouble while outside of coverage. This service is currently available in the US and has been free for almost two years. It will be activated starting with the iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Plus, or iPhone 14 Pro, and requires iOS 17.
Overall, Apple’s satellite infrastructure has improved the safety and accessibility of emergency services for iPhone users. By providing these services for free, the company continues to prioritize the well-being of its customers.