Apple Announces iPhone 14's Satellite Feature Launching in Six More Countries Later This Month

Alongside the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in Yellow, Apple today announced that the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will be available in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal later this month.

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The feature allows iPhone 14 models to connect to a Globalstar satellite, enabling users to send text messages to emergency services when outside the range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Apple warns that foliage or other obstructions can result in messages taking longer to send or failing to send, and satellite connectivity might not work in places above 62° latitude. The service is free for two years after activating an iPhone 14.

Emergency SOS via Satellite first launched in November in the U.S. and Canada and requires an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max. The service became available in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December.

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CarAnalogy Avatar
18 months ago
This is good but serious question, is Luxembourg even large enough with enough remote areas that one could actually get lost with no cell signal?
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Robin Bonathan Avatar
18 months ago

How small do you think Luxembourg is? And how densely populated do you think it is?

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Sciomar Avatar
18 months ago
Great feature to have, glad other countries are getting in on it.
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gco212 Avatar
18 months ago

That’s my point exactly. Spain doesn’t have it. So what happens then..
Probably the same thing that has happened on all previous iPhones. People have survived before.
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Crowbot Avatar
18 months ago

I love how Apple releases a new feature starting with the US and slowly expanding to the rest of the world in the next 20 years or so.
Setting up a system like this is not easy. It involves coordination with numerous countries emergency response systems. They will, of course, start with the US because they're an American company.
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headwerkn Avatar
18 months ago
They spelt Australia wrong. C'mon Apple! ;-)
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