iPhones to introduce calling & internet features via satellites soon

Currently, Apple has enabled iPhone 14 & iPhone 14 Pro for sending Emergency SOS through satellite to text emergency services when the user is out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage

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New Delhi: iPhones may get more satellite-powered features in the future, said a report. In an FCC filing, Apple partner Globalstar hinted that the Cupertino-based company is seeking to expand satellite-powered features on iPhones.

The Apple has introduced the emergency SOS via satellite feature with iPhone 14 series. This feature allows on to send Emergency SOS via satellite to text emergency services when the user is out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The user can also use the Find My app to share location with people via satellite.

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Reports say that the Apple is working on technology extended to satellite connectivity for voice call and internet. The FCC filing weighs in on a plan from T-Mobile and SpaceX to power satellite internet services for “unmodified” T-Mobile smartphones.

Globalstar’s MSS (mobile satellite service) system will continue to evolve over time to support a growing array of direct-to-handset features and services in its licensed spectrum,” Globalstar says in a statement, which also hints the company is working on a plan to bring satellite voice calls and internet connectivity on Apple iPhones.

Emergency SOS via satellite feature on iPhones

The Apple has embedded the Emergency SOS via satellite feature in its iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro free of cost for two years after their activation. This feature is currently available in the US only. If you need to contact emergency services, you need to activate certain inbuilt features on your phone.

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How to connect phone with satellite

It’s simple. Hold your phone naturally in your hand. Make sure that you’re outside with a clear view of the sky and the horizon. Stay away from trees, whose shadow might hamper the connectivity. Sometimes, hills or mountains, canyons, and tall structures can also block the connection. Keep your phone on and follow the onscreen instructions. The satellite connection can be maintained even if your phone screen is locked.

Once you’re connected, your iPhone starts a text conversation with emergency responders by sharing critical information like your Medical ID and emergency contact information (if you have set them up), the emergency questionnaire answers, your location (including elevation), and remaining battery life for your iPhone.

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