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iPhone 14’s emergency satellite feature arrives in select European countries


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iPhone 14 screen showing illustration telling user to turn toward direction of satellite. The feature prompts you to turn in the direction of the satellite. | Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

Emergency SOS via satellite, a new safety feature introduced with the iPhone 14 that lets users contact emergency services when they don’t have regular cellular or Wi-Fi signal, is now available in select European countries. The feature launched in the US and Canada last month, but as of today it’s available in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK.

The feature is aimed at helping iPhone owners in emergency situations by letting them send messages (but not make traditional phone calls) to emergency services if cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t an option. After you try, and fail, to call emergency services the traditional way, the iPhone 14 will prompt you to “Report Emergency” and will present you with a questionnaire to gather...

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