Apple Extends Free Access to Emergency SOS via Satellite for iPhone 14 Users
Apple has announced that it is extending free access to Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional year for all the existing iPhone 14 users. Earlier, the service was free until 2024, and now it has been extended until 2025. This groundbreaking safety service has already made a significant impact, saving many lives by enabling users to reach out to emergency services while being outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.
Qualify for the Extra Free Year
To qualify for the extra free year of Emergency SOS via satellite, users must have activated their iPhone 14 in a country that supports Emergency SOS before 12 am Pacific Time on 15 November 2023. This announcement applies only to iPhone 14 users, and Apple is offering 2 years of free service to iPhone 15 owners. Both iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users will now get the service for free until 2025.
Emergency SOS via Satellite Saves Lives
Apple’s safety features like Emergency SOS via Satellite have proven to be life-saving. From saving a man when his car plummeted over a 400-foot cliff in Los Angeles to helping lost hikers in Italy call for help with no network access, this service has rescued many by helping them connect with emergency responders.
As per a report from People, a man named Ryo Lu used the Emergency SOS via Satellite to connect to help when his jeep flipped over on a snowbank. Within 10 minutes, he was connected to help, and firefighters and a tow truck were dispatched.