Emergency SOS via Satellite Coming to Spain and Switzerland Later This Month

Apple announced during its "Wonderlust" event that Emergency SOS via Satellite and Find My via Satellite will be available in Spain and Switzerland later in September.

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Both features are currently available in 14 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, the U.K., and the U.S.

Emergency SOS via Satellite was introduced with the iPhone 14 models and can be activated when an emergency situation occurs and there is no WiFi or cellular connection available. While the feature is geared to help users in a genuine emergency, Apple's satellites also make it possible for anyone to share their location whenever they are off the grid via Find My.

The feature's upcoming availability in Spain and Switzerland is likely tied either to the iPhone 15 series launch in those countries or the availability of iOS 17, which is being released globally to the general public on September 18.

Apple during its event also announced new Roadside Assistance vis Satellite, which is similar to Emergency SOS, but it allows iPhone users to contact roadside assistance if they have car trouble in an area without cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. Available only in the United States for now, Roadside Assistance is being offered through a partnership with AAA.

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Top Rated Comments

MayaUser Avatar
11 months ago
This should be a Global thing sooner than later
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jlc1978 Avatar
11 months ago

This should be a Global thing sooner than later
My guess is it takes time with local regulations, agreements with emergency services, communicatins protocols, local language capability etc. I would not be surprised if they didn’t roll it out globally but only in select markets.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jlc1978 Avatar
11 months ago

Anyone notice they sneakily mentioned it will be free for two years? So starting year 3, Apple will save your life, but only if you pay up.
Maybe, maybe not. By setting a fixed duration, rather just say free, if Apple decides to charge they can’t be accused of offering something for free and then later charging for it. Apple can always extend the free period but this is probably a lawyer induced caveat.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
75Batt Avatar
11 months ago

Anyone notice they sneakily mentioned it will be free for two years? So starting year 3, Apple will save your life, but only if you pay up.
nothing sneaky about it, it has been free for 2 years since the feature came out. They’ve been pretty open and mentioned it at last year’s event.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
11 months ago

Anyone notice they sneakily mentioned it will be free for two years? So starting year 3, Apple will save your life, but only if you pay up.
that was said also for the iphone 14 event
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
beanbaguk Avatar
11 months ago
Finally!!!!! ??????

It was the reason I bought an iPhone 14 Pro!

I'm a big road cyclist and often lose signal when cycling in the middle of nowhere. It's very common to be on the open roads around here and not see a soul for 2-3 hours. No cars, no people, maybe a farmer in the distance, but generally nothing.

The same goes for the mobile connectivity. Hallelujah!!!!! ???
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)