During the presentation of the iPhone 14 line of smartphones, Apple also announced the Emergency SOS function, which can come in handy when you need to call for help and there is no cellular network connection. Satellite communication is used for it to work.
At first, Emergency SOS was launched only in North America, but by the end of last year, such an opportunity appeared for iPhone in Europe. Now Apple is expanding the geography of its work in six European countries: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal. The launch is expected later this month. Thus, the total number of countries in which Emergency SOS works will increase to 12 (the function is already available in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and Great Britain).
Let me remind you that Emergency SOS works only in open areas where the sky is not obstructed by anything. If there are buildings, large trees or other obstacles nearby, this can negatively affect the signal, so it will take longer for emergency messages to be sent.