iPhone 14: Apple launched 4 iPhones including the iPhone 14 at the Far Out event on September 7. The company had announced the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. During the event, Apple announced two special features in these iPhones – ‘Crash Detection’ and ‘Emergency SOS Via Satellite’. Apple hopes that you will not have to use these features, but both features can prove to be helpful when needed.
There is a bad news for Apple users of India. Actually the company says that you will not be able to use Emergency SOS via Satellite feature in India.
Why Emergency SOS via Satellite is not available in India
To launch ‘Emergency SOS via Satellite’ in India, Apple needs to partner with a satellite communication (SATCOM) service provider in the country. Telecom operators need to tie up with Satcom, such as T-Mobile in the US partnered with SpaceX. Therefore, at present, no one can use the ‘Emergency SOS via Satellite’ facility in India. But maybe in the coming time we will get this facility in India.
In which countries the ‘Emergency SOS via Satellite’ feature will not work
Apple says Emergency SOS via Satellite will not work on iPhone 14 models purchased in China, Hong Kong or Macao. Although India is not in this list, this feature will be available on iPhone 14 models purchased in the country, but Apple users will not be able to use ‘Emergency SOS via Satellite’ because the company providing satellite service to any mobile company in the country for the feature Will have to type up with.
The Government of India does not allow the general public to use satellite phones as it may threaten national security. Only defense personnel, rescue teams or authorized personnel can use satellite phones. Use of satellite phones in India requires special permission/NOC from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Hence, there is also a possibility that Apple may impose a regional lock on the satellite connectivity feature in India. This could be something like a lock on FaceTime on iPhones sold in the UAE.
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