Apple activates satellite SOS for Austria

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A central new feature of the current iPhones is the possibility to send an emergency call via satellite. This works even if you don’t have conventional cell phone reception.

The SOS feature has so far only been available in selected countries. As Apple has announced, the emergency function will also be unlocked in Austria.

Where the SOS emergency call can be found
The function is already displayed on the new iPhones, but the feature will only be available in a few days. As soon as the function is activated, you can also try out the SOS emergency call as part of a demo without making an actual emergency call. And this is how it works:

  • Open settings
  • Open the menu item “Emergency SOS
  • scroll all the way down
  • tap on “Try out demo” under “Emergency SOS via satellite”
  • The SOS satellite function on iPhones
  • How the satellite emergency call works
  • If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and have an emergency, you can use the iPhone function to call for help regardless of conventional GSM reception. The cell phone connects directly to a satellite.

In an emergency, for example, location data, the emergency passport of the company’s health app and stored emergency contacts can be transmitted. To implement the function, Apple is working with the U.S. company Globalstar, which owns a constellation of 48 satellites in low Earth orbit.

Apple is reportedly putting up $450 million to provide the SOS function. A large part of the money will go to Globalstar, among other things, to install more satellites.

  • source: futurezone.at/picture: apple.com
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