Almost a month after launches in the US and Canada the emergency satellite service on iPhone 14 smartphones has been launched in the UK, France, Germany and Ireland. The service is available on all devices in the line – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The device must be running iOS 16.1 or later. Recall, “satellite SOS” allows you to contact emergency services in areas where there is no cellular coverage and Wi-Fi. For example, in early December, this function helped save a man stuck in the snow in Alaska.
The ability to send a call for help via satellite is available on iPhone 14 smartphones thanks to the built-in application. Using a simple interface, the user must fill out a short questionnaire and provide basic information about their situation. This information, along with the coordinates of the victim and the Medical ID profile (if enabled), will be sent by the service to the regional rescue service. On the smartphone screen, the user will also see where to point the device for better communication with the satellite. In Europe, by the way, to contact emergency services, you can use not only the number 112, but also the number 999. According to Apple, support for emergency satellite communications for more countries will follow next year. The service is free for two years, starting from the moment you activate your new smartphone.