The iPhone 5 has taken a few markets by storm already, especially in the U.S. However, the phone saw limited launch during its initial release. Apple then further widened the horizon for the new iPhone and launched it in most Asian/European markets. Apple now is all set for a new wave of release in 55 more countries in December. With the addition of 55 new countries and the 47 countries where the iPhone 5 is already available, Apple can now brag of having their premier device in 102 countries. This is somewhat of an accomplishment for a company like Apple, while not so much for other major OEMs. So if you’ve been waiting to get the new iPhone 5, check the list below to see if your country is included.
The iPhone 5 will hit South Korean shores on December 7, remember this is a market dominated entirely by Samsung, so we don’t expect it to do much damage here. The second wave of launch will begin on December 14 when countries like Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela will get the fancy new iDevice.
Finally on December 21, the iPhone 5 will arrive in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.
Tough luck if your country wasn’t mentioned in the list above. But it seems like Apple has covered more than half of the world’s countries, the first time Apple has reached that feat at this pace. The iPhone 5 is a pretty hyped device and is Apple’s bet against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Featuring a bigger Retina Display compared to previous generations of the iPhone and a supposedly superior body construction, this new iPhone has certainly gotten iFans excited. However, price might be a key role in markets where the device is available off contract and unlocked. The iPhones never came under the budget segment and this one here is no exception. So while the wide roll out of the device is very welcome, it would be hard for Apple to compete with lower priced handsets like the Galaxy S III, Note II or the One X. Rest is for the customers to decide.