Apple introduced the new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature with the iPhone 14 series. This allows users to contact emergency services without cellular reception if they are lost or in an emergency, and the feature has been repeatedly praised for helping to save lives.
And now, according to PCMag, Globalstar, an Apple partner, is hinting that the iPhone may soon get more satellite-powered features — including voice calls and Internet access.
According to PCMag, the FCC filing revolves around T-Mobile and SpaceX powering satellite internet services for “unmodified” T-Mobile smartphones.
Globalstar said, “Globalstar’s MSS (Mobile Satellite Service) system will continue to evolve over time to support a growing range of direct-to-handset features and services across its licensed spectrum.” This suggests that Globalstar may be working closely with Apple. Bring satellite voice calls and Internet connectivity to Apple devices.
The report further states that AT&T and AST Spacemobile “are also working to enable satellite-powered voice calls and Internet access for unmodified consumer smartphones.”
If this were the case, it would become much easier to access the internet and stay connected with your loved ones when users are out and about or visiting an area with poor or no cellular service.
Apple Emergency SOS via Satellite feature has saved many lives – and most recently – Juana Reyes, a woman who broke her leg while hiking in Tujunga, used the Satellite feature to contact emergency services. Was able to access the iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via She was in a remote location with no cell phone service.
Emergency SOS via Satellite is not available in all regions, but only in select regions, such as the US, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK.