Apple has announced the extension of free Emergency SOS via satellite coverage for existing iPhone 14 users. Owners of iPhone 14 models can access Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional year.
In Nov 2022, Apple introduced Emergency SOS via satellite on iPhone 14 models in the United States and Canada and later expanded to other regions like the UK, France, Ireland, Italy, and Germany. The service allows users to connect with emergency services in areas with no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.
Free trial of Emergency SOS via satellite extended for iPhone 14 activated by Nov 15
At the time of launch, the Emergency SOS via satellite service was free for two years starting at the time of activation of a new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
Now, the tech giant has extended Emergency SOS via satellite for an additional free year for existing iPhone 14 users which means users can enjoy free coverage for three years.
However, it is only available for iPhone 14 models which were activated by November 15, 2023.
The free trial will be extended for iPhone 14 users who have activated their device in a country that supports Emergency SOS via satellite prior to 12 a.m. PT on November 15, 2023.
Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing expressed the vitality of the emergency service in saving lives and joy over the extension of free trial for iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users.
“Emergency SOS via satellite has helped save lives around the world. From a man who was rescued after his car plummeted over a 400-foot cliff in Los Angeles, to lost hikers found in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, we continue to hear stories of our customers being able to connect with emergency responders when they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. We are so happy iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for two more years for free.”
Emergency SOS via satellite availability
iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro users need to be running iOS 16.4 or the latest iOS 17 version to enjoy the emergency service in the following regions:
- the U.K.
- the Netherlands
- New Zealand
Users must keep in mind the service is not available on iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models purchased in Armenia, Belarus, China mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.