Apple’s Emergency Satellite Service is now enabled in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically in Australia and New Zealand. The service is available on 14 sets of iPhones running iOS 16.4 or later.
This feature is already available in twelve countries around the world, including France, Belgium, Canada, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and, of course, the United States.
The importance of being connected
Australia and New Zealand are two countries that have large areas with very little cell service. Therefore, we welcome the Apple SOS Emergency Moon. Available for iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max, and it’s free for two years from device activation. This service allows users to send text messages to emergency services via satellite, in the event that cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is not available. It also offers the ability to share its satellite location via the Locate app.
In a statement announcing the official launch of this feature, the Australian Minister of Communications explained that ” Australians know very well the importance of communicating in rural areas, far from civilization, and especially in times of emergency The latter also emphasized the role of this service in the event of a lack of mobile coverage. This will greatly help emergency services respond, protect and ultimately get people out of harm’s way. “, she adds.
Satellite Emergency SOS saves lives
The SOS emergency satellite was launched last year. Just call 000 in Australia or 111 in New Zealand to launch it. ” It has already saved lives in the 12 countries where the job is available Apple says. This function requires a clear view of the sky.
Its users can send and receive messages in just 15 seconds on a clear day. However, connection time may vary depending on the environment, message length, satellite network status and availability. A short vital information questionnaire must be completed. This will then be sent to the emergency responders. The interface indicates where to point the iPhone in the sky to call and send the initial message.