Apple introduced satellite roadside assistance in September in partnership with AAA. The service provides help in areas with no mo...
Apple introduced satellite roadside assistance in September in partnership with AAA. The service provides help in areas with no mobile connectivity. It includes two years of free service with the Emergency SOS feature for iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 owners. Apple extended the service for an additional year for existing iPhone 14 owners.
Apple launched the Emergency SOS via satellite feature for its users with iPhones 14 in 2022. The feature was retained for this year’s iPhone 15 models and is available in several markets including US, UK and Canada. The Cupertino-based tech giant has now updated the feature with support for a new roadside assistance option. With this update, iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can now access Verizon’s roadside assistance service.
Verizon’s roadside assistance program in iPhone Emergency SOS via satellite feature
In a support page (spotted by MacRumors), Apple has confirmed that devices running iOS 17.2 (or higher) and a Verizon SIM card can take advantage of the latest capability.
Verizon’s roadside assistance program is run by the Allstate-owned Signature Motor Club. It offers help whenever users face car troubles and covers a friend's car and rental vehicles as well.
The program includes vehicle towing up to 10 miles in any direction, vehicle winching, fuel delivery, jump starts, tire service and more. While Verizon offers a $4.99 monthly subscription for this service, it also offers flat fees for customers who use the service without a subscription.
Apple’s partnership with AAA
In September, Apple introduced a satellite roadside assistance service in partnership with AAA. This service allows users to get help in an area with no mobile connectivity.
The company bundles two years of free service plus its Emergency SOS feature which is available with a new iPhone 14 or iPhone 15. Recently, Apple also extended the service for an additional year for existing iPhone 14 owners.
However, users will still have to foot the bill for whatever roadside service they need if they’re not a member of AAA. The latest addition of Verizon’s roadside assistance program can add more service options for users who are stuck in a remote area or don’t have AAA.
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