iPhones will soon be able to text via satellite

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Re: iPhones will soon be able to text via satellite

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Scott P wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:21 pm I don't have an iPhone, but I would switch if you don't have to be in network to send texts.

The info says:

Apple is expanding the capabilities of its satellite messaging on the iPhone. The new iOS 18 update will broaden the availability beyond emergency messaging, and Messages via satellite will be an option when cellular and Wi-Fi connections are not available.

Does this work when you are outside the US or do they charge you extra? I guess that's a question for the cellular company, but I'm just curious if anyone else is planning on using it while travelling overseas.
Emergency SOS is only available in select countries. No word on what, if any country restriction would be on messaging. I imagine there's quite a bit more info that will come out between now and the fall when the upgraded iOS comes out. The footnote on the iOS preview is: "Messages via satellite will be available in iOS 18 along with our existing satellite features in the United States on iPhone 14 and later"
Emergency SOS via satellite is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
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Scott P wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:21 pm Does this work when you are outside the US or do they charge you extra? I guess that's a question for the cellular company, but I'm just curious if anyone else is planning on using it while travelling overseas.
So long as you bought the phone here and are planning to use it in the countries dwoodward13 posted you're probably good. No word yet on whether they will charge for use and how much it would be. My guess is SOS stays free for now, I wouldn't be surprised if the messaging feature becomes a subscription.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/101573
Scott P wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:21 pm I would switch if you don't have to be in network to send texts.
You don't need your phone to be activated to use iMessage as it is internet based, so the same should apply for the satellite support. You would only be able to message people with iPhones (or iPads, Macs, etc.) in that case. SMS messages are tied to phone numbers, so I would assume SMS wouldn't work without an active cell service plan.
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Re: iPhones will soon be able to text via satellite

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I wonder how much the backcountry emergency calls would increase with this added feature.
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I would not think this feature will be much use in the backcountry. Just because the call may get thru doesn't mean the calvary is on the way. As 5g takes over your cell phone distances will be greatly diminished. That's why 5g requires more towers. Also, if it's free, you get what you pay for.
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Re: iPhones will soon be able to text via satellite

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XterraRob wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 3:46 pm I wonder how much the backcountry emergency calls would increase with this added feature.
I don't think much since the ability to send for help/SOS via satellite has already been a feature of the iPhones for a couple of years now, and I believe it did increase emergency calls after it hit the market.
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