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New iPhone 14 Can Connect to Satellites for Emergency Calls

If you're caught off guard and out of cell service range when you need to call for a rescue, this new feature might come in hand

On Wednesday, Apple announced several safety upgrades for their upcoming products, including the ability to call for a rescue from remote crags and mountains.

With the iPhone 14, you can use Emergency SOS via satellite to text first responders when you’re out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Working in partnership with satellite telecommunications company Globalstar, the feature will use Globalstar’s network of satellites so you can send text messages from the Messages app to emergency services or contacts when other connectivity options aren’t available.

Unlike iMessages – which has blue chat bubbles when messaging other Apple users, or green bubbles when messaging those with Android phones – messages sent using this Emergency SOS feature will be displayed in gray bubbles. Messages will be limited in length and will automatically go to the emergency contact’s phone, even if they have Do Not Disturb enabled.

The new phones will help you point the phone directly toward a satellite and connect. Once that happens, Apple says it will take less than 15 seconds to send a message if the user has a clear view of the sky. The service will be free for at least two years with the iPhone 14. For mor information visit here.

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