During the iPhone 15 launch event in Cupertino, Apple announced it’s adding satellite-powered roadside assistance to the iPhone in a partnership with AAA. The service will be free for current AAA members. It will also be available to non-AAA members, but pricing isn’t yet available.
The service is an expansion of the Emergency SOS via satellite feature launched with iPhone 14 last year. If you have a problem, you should be able to text a request for assistance for various roadside emergencies, such as being locked out, running out of fuel, a flat tire, and other emergencies (you know, the ones you wouldn’t call 911 for) by using Apple’s Emergency Text via satellite option to connect to AAA.
The satellite connectivity could prove essential if you get that flat tire or dead battery in a remote area when you’re out of cellphone range. As with the Emergency SOS feature, tested by The Verge’s Victoria Song, it should connect you to help, even when you’re out of cellular bars.
As with the iPhone 14, the iPhone 15 series will include two years of Emergency SOS connectivity for free. Apple hasn’t announced the cost for Emergency SOS after that — the first devices to include it are only one year in.
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