Berlin (dpa / tmn) – Apple has launched its satellite emergency SOS service in the United States and Canada. Germany, France, Great Britain and Ireland are to follow in December, according to the company.
The satellite service is available on all iPhone 14 models with iOS 16.1 or higher and should always be used when no other network is available. Emergency calls in particular should be able to be made in this way, if necessary automatically if the iPhone detects a car accident or an Apple Watch detects a fall of its wearer.
Regardless of an emergency situation, users can also simply inform others of their location via satellite when they are outside of other networks. That works Declarations according to the map display in the “Where is?” app.
Pricing model still unknown
The service can initially be used free of charge for two years from the time a new iPhone 14 is activated. For those who already have an iPhone 14, the free period begins with availability in their country. Nothing is known about the pricing model after the two years.
Sending a message via satellite is not easy. To do this, the iPhone must be aimed directly at the satellite and the transmission takes at least 15 seconds under optimal conditions. However, users are guided with information and graphics on the phone display.
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