Samsung’s MX (mobile experience) unit head, TM Roh, previously stated that the satellite functionality is “too limited” for the Galaxy S23 series. However, Samsung has been testing the Galaxy S24 with South Korean network operators, and there is “no mention of two-way satellite connectivity on the phone”. This might come as a disappointment for those who were expecting this feature.
There were rumors that the Galaxy S24 could feature an emergency satellite connection, allowing users to send emergency texts via satellite in situations where they cannot call emergency services due to lack of mobile network connection. It is unclear whether this feature will be limited to one of the two chips in the Galaxy S24 line or if it will be available on both. The availability of this feature in different countries is also yet to be determined.
Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature was initially available in the US and Canada before expanding to other countries. It remains to be seen where the satellite emergency connectivity feature, if present, will be first available and which countries it will expand to in the future.