The iPhone 14 family includes a satellite emergency SOS feature. This feature is available as of today. The iPhone 14 family consists of the 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max models. All of these models include a satellite emergency SOS feature. The feature will be available free of charge for two years after the phones are purchased. There’s still no word on how much it will cost after that.
This feature can save many lives
Apple designed the feature to save lives in emergency situations where there is no cell service. It was stated that the feature would be available in the US and Canada before the end of November. However, Apple did not wait until the end of the month and launched the feature in supported markets today. According to the announcement, this feature will rolled out to France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom in December.
As previously reported, Apple is partnering with Globalstar in this process. Apple announced an investment of 450 million dollars for the Emergency SOS feature via satellite. It seems to be an undeniable fact that this feature will be very useful in vital emergency situations. We hope you never find yourself in a situation where you have to use this feature.
“Some of the most popular places to travel are off the beaten path and simply lack cellular coverage. With Emergency SOS via satellite, the iPhone 14 lineup provides an indispensable tool that can get users the help they need while they are off the grid,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“Our teams worked tirelessly to tackle a new set of technical challenges to bring this service to life, in addition to building a reliable on-the-ground infrastructure. Emergency SOS via satellite is a breakthrough service available only on the iPhone 14 lineup, and a new innovation that we hope will provide our customers some peace of mind.”
Emergency SOS via satellite is connected with PSAPs
The feature is built on existing features vital to iPhone users, including Emergency SOS, Medical ID, and emergency contacts. Also, Find My location sharing, offers the ability to connect to a satellite for a more 360-degree approach to sharing critical information with emergency services, family, and friends.
This game-changing service allows Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or emergency services call centers to connect to even more users in emergency situations. Also, requires no additional software or protocols to enable communications.
Users will be connected directly to emergency services that are equipped to receive text messages or to relay centers with Apple-trained emergency specialists who are ready to contact PSAPs that cannot receive text messages on the user’s behalf.
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