Globalstar’s partnership with Apple means the company is just an arm of the giant now.
In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission spotted by AppleInsider, Globalstar revealed details of its partnership with Apple for the new emergency SOS by Satellite feature. According to the filing, Apple now owns 85% of the company’s network to support the feature. Full details are shown in the deposit below:
- Dedicating 85% of its current and future network capacity to support services
- Provide and maintain all resources, including personnel, software, satellites, gateways, satellite spectrum, and regulatory rights necessary to provide the Services (“Required Resources”)
- Prioritize services and provide the partner with priority access to the required resources, including the company’s licensed satellite spectrum
- Maintain minimum standards of quality and coverage and provide continuity of service
- Allow the Partner to recover payments made to Globalstar from future service charges or, to the extent that refunds are not possible, to reimburse such amounts in cash
iPhone 14 now features satellite connectivity
Globalstar isn’t the only satellite company Apple has talked to about its satellite feature. According to Elon Musk, Starlink has also been in talks with Apple to enable this network on the iPhone as well.
Emergency SOS by Satellite allows your iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro to connect to the Globalstar satellite network in a situation where you need to call emergency services but don’t have a cellular signal. As Apple explains below in its press release, the feature is only available in the US and Canada initially. It launches in November and will be free for the first two years.
“The iPhone 14 lineup also offers Satellite Emergency SOS, which combines custom components deeply integrated with software to allow antennas to communicate directly with a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. Satellites are moving targets. With low bandwidth, and it can take minutes for messages to arrive.Because every second counts, with Emergency SOS via satellite, the iPhone uploads some vital questions to assess the user’s condition, and shows them where to direct their phone to call a satellite. This transmits the initial survey and follow-up messages to centers staffed by Apple-trained professionals who can request assistance on the user’s behalf.This advanced technology also allows users to manually share their location via satellite using Find My when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection , providing a sense of security when hiking or camping off the grid. Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the US and Canada in November and February), and the service will be free for two years. Read the statement.
You can read the full deposit here.