Best App for International Intrigue
Who you gonna call? Global SOS uses your iPhone’s GPS to detect your current country and lists the local emergency numbers in a sleekly elegant display. Just tap to make the call. If you’re not sure where to send the fire engines, tap the area with the country name and flag to display your current address and, hey why not, your latitude and longitude, too.
Options: Hike over to your iPhone’s Settings app to customize Global SOS’s display. If you turn off the auto-location feature, you can manually select which of the app’s 200+ countries to display. You can also add one personal number (hotel, embassy, mom’s cell, whatever) to appear in the app no matter where you might wander.
OK, Mister Fancy Cosmopolitan Jetsetter, would you know how to call the cops in Tangiers? An ambulance in Calcutta? The fire department in Athens? This simple and elegant little app tells you the emergency numbers in whatever country you might find yourself, a smart reference to tuck away if travel has you crossing international borders. Just tap the number to launch the phone app and place the call. (Sorry, from there, you’re on your own with the local language.)