iPhone 5 rollout continues as Apple’s next-gen smartphone to hit 22 new countries and number of regional carriers this Friday

Thu, Sep 27, 2012


With the iPhone 5, Apple has gotten its next-gen smartphone into more countries and at a faster clip than ever before. To that end, it’s not at all surprising that Apple sold over 5 million iPhone 5s during the device’s launch weekend, and indeed, some claim that the actual number of iPhone 5s purchased is significantly higher due to delayed shipments that can’t yet be added to the final tally.

That said, Apple is going to keep the ball rolling this Friday as it will roll out the iPhone 5 to 22 additional countries while also making the device available on a number of regional carriers as well.

The countries getting the iPhone 5 treatment tomorrow include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the listing of US regional carriers getting the iPhone 5 include Cricket, C Spire, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, GCI, Golden State Cellular, Nex-Tech Wireless, Pioneer Wireless, Appalachian Wireless, MTA Solutions, and nTelos.

Notably absent from the list of US regional carriers is US Cellular, the 6th largest mobile carrier in the country. Back in November of 2011, the Chicago-based company explained that they had the opportunity to carry the iPhone but balked due to the business terms demanded by Apple. US Cellular CEO Mary Dillion explained that the “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.”


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