We decided to put the new Emergency SOS via satellite feature that is available for the iPhone 14 models to the test since Apple officially launched it today. Users can connect to emergency services using Emergency SOS via satellite even when there is no cellular or WiFi coverage, such as when they are out on a hike, camping, or driving in a remote area.
Although Apple has a built-in demo feature so that users can become familiar with it without having to make an emergency call, this feature is only usable when you try to make a phone call or send a text while you don’t have a connection. The information is sent directly if the local emergency services location accepts texts; otherwise, it goes through a relay centre with Apple-trained operators who pass the information along.
Emergency responders can text back and forth with you to exchange details through a text message interface, gathering the information required for a rescue. The best connection is made when using Emergency SOS via satellite outside in a clear view of the sky.
However, if you call for assistance via satellite, the feature can notify your emergency contacts. It can also be used to update Find My when you don’t have a cellular or WiFi connection. When there is no connection, the “My Location via Satellite” option under the “Me” tab in the Find My app will allow you to update your location.
All iPhone 14 models now have access to emergency SOS via satellite, which is rolling out today. As of right now, you can use Emergency SOS via satellite for no charge, and Apple has stated that it will be free for all iPhone 14 owners for a period of two years.