Apple launched the Emergency SOS via satellite service for iPhone 14

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Apple rolled out its Emergency SOS via 24 Globalstar satellites on Tuesday in the US and Canada, allowing iPhone 14 all models users to send text messages in the event of an emergency while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The new service requires no additional software or protocols to enable communications. The messages are sent in about 15 seconds if the user has a direct view of the sky and horizon. Pricing for the service has yet to be revealed as it will be free to users for two years. Emergency SOS will be available in France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom in December.

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“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. The feature includes a demo mode, so users can familiarize with how it works. Using the built-in Emergency SOS via satellite demo, users can test satellite connectivity on their iPhone by connecting to a real satellite in range without calling emergency services.

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