Globalstar, Apple’s satellite partner, will pay Elon Musk’s company SpaceX to launch new satellites that improve and modernize the satellite distress network that Apple introduced with the iPhone 14 last year, according to Nola-Medium.
Globalstar will pay SpaceX a whopping $64 million, according to the details of the operation. The agreement states that Elon Musk must have launched the new satellites by 2025, improving the network and functionality that Apple has introduced with the iPhone 14 in all of its models.. Remember that thanks to this functionality, we can make emergency calls even if we don’t have cell service or wifi.
On the other hand, the operation is not just about launching the satellites. The biggest expense is maintenance, which directly benefits Apple’s expenses. So it’s not unreasonable that Apple has already announced a monthly fee for the service.
Let’s recall the functionality that we continue to “enjoy” (since it has not reached all countries but only in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Australia). No Spanish-speaking countries For those who bought an iPhone 14 model, it will still be free next year because Apple makes it available for free for the first two years. However, The price that the service will have after the release of the iPhone 16 has not been discussed or rumored.
Globalstar has agreed to allocate 85 percent of its current and future network capacity to Apple iPhones, with Globalstar providing and maintaining all personnel, software, satellite systems, etc. while maintaining minimum quality and coverage standards. Prior to the launch of the iPhone 14 models, Globalstar bought a Canadian satellite equipment company for $327 million and Apple loaned Globalstar $252 million.