Apple is extending free Emergency SOS via satellite on the iPhone 14 Pro series for another year. The company initially promised two years of free access for the phones when they launched in 2022.
Emergency SOS via satellite allows the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 series to connect to emergency services without mobile network or Wi-Fi access.
Offer only applicable for existing iPhone 14 users
Apple’s offer is only valid for iPhone 14 users who activated Emergency SOS via satellite on their phone before November 15, 2023. So, if you get a new iPhone 14 now, you won’t get three years of free connectivity.
“Emergency SOS via satellite has helped save lives around the world. From a man who was rescued after his car plummeted over a 400-foot cliff in Los Angeles, to lost hikers found in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, we continue to hear stories of our customers being able to connect with emergency responders when they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. We are so happy iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for two more years for free,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing.
Emergency SOS was initially only available in the US and Canada when it launched in September 2022. Since then, Apple has expanded the feature to over 16 countries worldwide.
Emergency SOS for iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 now expire in 2025
Emergency SOS via satellite is available on the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Pro series. Apple provides two years of free satellite connectivity on its 2023 iPhones. This means free Emergency SOS connectivity will expire for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 series in 2025.
Since its release, Emergency SOS via satellite has saved the lives of hundreds of people.
Apple still has not announced how much customers will have to pay for Emergency SOS after the free period expires.