iPhone 14's Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Now Available in Australia and New Zealand

Apple today announced that Emergency SOS via satellite is now available in Australia and New Zealand. Available on all iPhone 14 models, the feature enables users to send text messages to emergency services via satellite when cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is not available. Users can also share their location via satellite in the Find My app.

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature
Emergency SOS via satellite is enabled by default on iPhones running iOS 16.4 or later in Australia and New Zealand. An option to send a text message via satellite will appear after dialing 000 in Australia or 111 in New Zealand outside the range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. There is also a demo mode in the Settings app under Emergency SOS that allows users to familiarize themselves with the service without contacting emergency responders.

With the service, Apple says users can send and receive messages in as little as 15 seconds in clear conditions. Users are prompted to complete a short questionnaire with vital information, and the interface then shows users where in the sky to point their iPhone to connect and send the initial message. This message includes the user's questionnaire responses, location, altitude, iPhone battery level, and Medical ID info if set.

Apple says the service is designed to work outdoors with a clear view of the sky. Apple warns that foliage or other obstructions can result in emergency messages taking longer to send or failing to send, and satellite connectivity might not work in places above 62° latitude, such as northern parts of Canada and Alaska.

In Australia and New Zealand, Emergency SOS via satellite is free for two years starting today or at the time of activation of any iPhone 14 model. The service is also available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Top Rated Comments

DTphonehome Avatar
14 months ago
This is going to be a tremendous feature for these countries. They both have very remote areas without any cell coverage.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Justin Cymbal Avatar
14 months ago
This is such an awesome feature! I’m glad that Apple continues to expand this service to other countries

I hope that Apple eventually adds the capability to call/text and use internet over satellite in the future as well because that would be awesome if you’re backpacking and don’t have cellular service
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FourDegrees Avatar
14 months ago
It will be interesting to see how much it will cost after the first two years. I’ll be stopping my Garmin inReach subscription while this is free.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
14 months ago
I'm glad this is catching on and expanding. It's nice to see Apple making practical things that can change or save someone's life. This is one thing I like about Apple is they design products based on how they're used rather than making some cool but completely useless feature or spec.

Till recently I thought well, this is nice for people who live in the middle of nowhere, but it doesn't really do anything for me. Well, I was out helping a friend do something and I looked at my phone and saw no signal. I haven't seen that in a long time. It made me feel a little better that if something happened I would still be able to call for help.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
x86dude Avatar
14 months ago
In Australia we have road accidents in the outback where people survive the crash but are out of signal range and die. Not a gimmick here.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frownface Avatar
14 months ago
only a quarter of australia's landmass is covered by mobile coverage (it's mostly desert), so there's potential to save lives out there
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)