Report: Satellite-Powered Voice Calls and Internet Feature on the Horizon for iPhone Users.

 According to recent reports, iPhone users could soon enjoy the groundbreaking capability of satellite-powered voice calls and internet connectivity. This exciting development, if realized, would revolutionize communication for iPhone users by providing access to these services even in remote areas with limited or no traditional network coverage. With the integration of satellite technology, users could experience enhanced connectivity and stay connected regardless of their geographical location. This forward-looking feature has the potential to unlock new possibilities for iPhone users, ensuring seamless communication and internet access in previously challenging environments.

According to reports from LiveMint, Apple is expanding its satellite-powered capabilities beyond the emergency SOS feature in the iPhone 14 series. Citing PCMag, the report reveals that Apple's partner, Globalstar, hinted at the inclusion of satellite voice calls and internet in an FCC filing. The existing SOS feature allows users to send texts to emergency services without relying on cellular reception or Wi-Fi, proving invaluable in rescuing individuals stranded in remote areas. Additionally, the Find My app can utilize satellite connectivity to share location information. The filing outlines a plan involving T-Mobile and SpaceX to provide satellite internet services for unmodified T-Mobile smartphones.

Globalstar stated that its MSS (mobile satellite service) system will continue to evolve to support a range of features and services directly on handsets within its licensed spectrum. This statement suggests Globalstar's intention to bring satellite voice calls and internet connectivity to Apple's products. The report also mentions that AT&T and AST SpaceMobile are working on enabling satellite-powered voice calls and internet access for unmodified consumer smartphones.

To use the SOS feature, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro users can activate it free of charge for two years. Currently, the feature is available in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Users should hold their cellphones in a normal position with an unobstructed view of the sky for optimal satellite reception. Light foliage may weaken the connection, while dense foliage and tall structures can block it. On-screen instructions guide users to adjust their position to avoid signal blockages. The satellite connection remains intact regardless of whether the screen is locked or not. Once connected, the mobile phone communicates via text with emergency responders, sharing vital information such as Medical ID, emergency contacts, location, emergency questionnaire responses, and remaining battery life of the iPhone.