Apple has announced that it will be extending the free trial period for Emergency SOS via satellite on the iPhone 14 series for an additional year. This feature allows users to contact emergency help in areas without cellular connectivity. The company initially promised two years of free Emergency SOS when the iPhone 14 series was announced last September, and it is now extending the service for another additional year free of charge.
The extension will be available 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. Currently, Emergency SOS is supported in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
However, it is important to note that there is still no information on the pricing for Emergency SOS via satellite after the free trial period ends. Apple has not yet disclosed the cost for this service once the extended trial period comes to an end.
This extension of the free trial period for Emergency SOS via satellite demonstrates Apple’s commitment to providing essential safety features for its users, especially in situations where traditional cellular connectivity may not be available. As the implementation of this service continues to expand to more countries, it is likely to become an integral part of the iPhone user experience, offering peace of mind and security in emergency situations.
For more information on this announcement, you can visit Apple’s newsroom.