In a significant update, Apple has decided to extend the complimentary Emergency SOS via Satellite service for iPhone 14 users in the U.S. and Canada. Initially introduced last year with the iPhone 14 models, this groundbreaking safety feature allows users to contact emergency services even in areas with no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. The service has proven to be a lifesaver in various situations, from car accidents to lost hikers in remote locations.
Acknowledging user concerns about the service being free for only two years, Apple has now announced an additional year of free access to Emergency SOS via Satellite for existing iPhone 14 users. Previously set to expire in 2024, the service will now be accessible at no cost until 2025.
To qualify for this extended benefit, iPhone 14 users must have activated their devices in a country supporting Emergency SOS before 12 am Pacific Time on November 15, 2023. It’s essential to have activated your iPhone 14 before this date to take advantage of the added free year for this crucial safety service.
It’s important to note that this announcement exclusively pertains to iPhone 14 users. Meanwhile, Apple continues to offer two years of free Emergency SOS via Satellite service to iPhone 15 owners. Both iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can now enjoy this life-saving feature without charge until 2025.
“Emergency SOS via Satellite Saves Lives”
Apple’s commitment to user safety is underscored by the success stories of its safety features, particularly Emergency SOS via Satellite. From rescuing individuals in car accidents to aiding lost hikers in remote regions without network access, this service has played a pivotal role in connecting users with emergency responders.
According to a report in People, Ryo Lu from San Francisco utilized Emergency SOS via satellite when his jeep overturned on a snowbank near Lake Abraham. Traveling for photography in January, Ryo connected to help within 10 minutes, and emergency services were dispatched promptly. The service continues to demonstrate its effectiveness in critical situations, showcasing its role in saving lives.