Apple announces major iPhone 5s/5c expansion

By , Oct 9, 2013

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Apple initially launched its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets on September 20 in the United States and an additional ten major international markets. Today, the company announced a major expansion that will see both handsets hit more than 25 new markets around the world beginning October 25, with more than a dozen additional countries receiving both handsets on November 1.

The full breakdown is right after the break…

Apple said that starting Friday, October 25, the flagship iPhone 5s and the colorful iPhone 5c will arrive in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 new markets.

Here’s the full list of markets set to receive the devices starting October 25: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

On November 1, both new iPhones will hit Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

As per usual, the new iPhones will available through Apple retail stores, online and select Apple Authorized Resellers. With this expansion, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in over 60 countries come November 1.

Every customer who buys an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

Customers can learn more about iOS 7 and their new device through new free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide.

Currently, both new handsets are available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore.

Apple previously said it sold nine million iPhone 5s/5c units during the opening weekend.

The company aims to make the new iPhones available in more than a hundred countries across nearly 300 carriers, a notable improvement over the 240 carriers that used to offer the iPhone 5 since its introduction last September.

Recently, more than a dozen regional U.S. carriers started offering the new devices, among them prepaid telcos Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

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  • Someshwar

    Today, the company announced a major expansion that will see both handsets hit more than 25 new markets around the world beginning November 25, – typo shouldn’t it be “October 25″ ?

  • omrishtam

    i still need my iphone 5s order to come BEFORE the 21th october….which i oredered at the 26th september

    • Joshua Ellerd

      Same here. I ordered my 5s on September 28th and it says it won’t ship until October 21st.

      • Tom Brady

        Dont feel bad. Mine says it will ship by Nov 11. Lord

      • Nok

        When did you order? I ordered mine oct 2 and it still says processing items

      • Mr. E

        My brother waited in line at Verizon all night on launch day and the eta is nov. 4th

      • Tom Brady

        Sept29

      • Justin Rowe

        Be glad you have a date!!! I ordered on the September 24th and all I’ve got is ships October :-(

    • Reed Kitchens

      Mine doesn’t give a date, it just says available to ship in October. But i’m not in any hurry because I already have 1 5s.

      • omrishtam

        I ordered on the 26th September but I MUST it will be delivered BEFORE the 21th cuz my granny is leaving New York at the 21th October (she is getting my delivery from my uncle who lives in New York… After that I will just suicide lol, I can’t stand my iPhone 3GS anymore…

  • Joshua Ellerd

    They can’t even supply the demand in the markets they have already!

  • KLau

    Apple you should handle the current supply first …

    I want my new Grey 5s !!!!!!!!

    • Tom Brady

      Thats what im sayin. My phone hasn’t arrivrd yet

  • abdullah575

    iphone 5S and 5C will be Available in 1ST November in Saudi Arabia !!!. (^_^)

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    so, for example UK does have no iPhones at all and they want to make second wave? U drunk Apple?

    • http://twitter.com/Aktersnurran Jesper “Aktersnurran” Linder

      Hopefully just expanding, and they’re been loading up with a bunch..an operator here in Sweden said they would start to sell it the 25th, and if it’s pre-order or being able to pick one up in the store isn’t told..

  • Tom

    Still no Apple store in Israel…. WTF?!?! Apple used Israeli company to make the Touch-ID sensor….. I’m being really disappointed…

  • Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Finally! iPhone 5s is coming to Sweden :D wooohooo

  • GaugePrower

    So, Apple is going to expand the sales of the iPhone 5S to 25 new countries, yet I ordered my 32gb gold at 12:30am! (PST) on the 20th and I STILL haven’t received my phone yet in NJ? I think maybe they should take care of their unfilled orders here first before they start selling phones that don’t even exist yet to people in other countries. Just a thought…

    • Jason

      I also ordered my 32Gb gold on the 20th, this news kinda pisses me off

    • p1noyako

      I ordered my 32GB Gold iPhone 5s exactly 12:04am on the 20th received it 5 days later.

  • Roland Adi Nugraha

    Apple built apple store in thailand? dang, I hope it will come to Indonesia soon

  • bigtalk

    this is not interesting news at all… cause it happens with every iphone every year…