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Apple has gained approval to sell its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Brazil. That country’s National Telecommunications Agency granted the tech giant the right to use the 4G-ready 2600 Mhz band, an upgrade from the previous 700 Mhz.

The new handsets are being produced at Foxconn’s Brazil factories. The government’s approval follows Apple winning the right to use the iPhone trademark. The only question remaining: when will the new smartphones appear on shelves in Brazil…

According to ZDNet, Apple’s latest phones were approved by Brazil’s regulatory agency much faster than happened with the iPad mini. Interestingly enough, Brazil is absent from Apple’s second wave of expansion that will see both new iPhones reach 51 more countries by November 1.

In that instance, the smaller Apple tablet appeared in Brazil eight months after its initial unveiling. The iPhone 5 was approved in October of 2012, but did not actually reach consumers there until mid-December.

Brazil was not among the list of countries announced Wednesday that will get the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The country is one of the BRIC markets which are gaining greater focus as growing smartphones markets. Along with Brazil, Apple is making efforts to increase iPhone sales in Russia, India and China.

The South American nation was also the focus of Apple’s legal team as Apple won a battle to use the familiar ‘iPhone’ moniker in Brazil. For nearly a year, the Brazilian electronics firm IGB Electronics had prevented Apple from promoting its smartphone.

  • Marcos Frazão

    sure will buy 3 of them, because iphones here are cheap

    • dedegarrido

      In US right? The price you pay 3 iPhone in US, you pay one in Brazil.

      • Rafael Costa

        I give you… SARCASM.

      • dedegarrido

        Im like sheldon… didn’t get the sarcasm at first LOL had to read it like 10 times.

  • Thiago Vaccaro

    Since nothing works in this country (i am Brasilian), despiste now having a 4G compatibility, the iPhone 5s/5c doesn’t work with 4G. The carriers around here didn’t gave us the permission to use 4G connectivity. They simply blocked this feature for us. I have a Gold iPhone 5s, model A1457, and i can’t use 4G in this horrible, lame ass country. Thank You, Brazil.

    • Rafael Rafael

      Unfortunaly it’s true :/ I love my country and all but an iphone here costs R$2400. It’s like 1200 dollars!! Insane! And as Thiago said our 3G/4G is just horrible if ur not willing to pay a lot for unlimited data.

  • Rafael Rafael

    Forgot to mention. Love ur blog I check it everyday!

  • Wagner

    Although it is compatible with the Brazil’s 4G frequency, I really doubt that we (I’m brazilian too) will have affordable plans, I think is just one of the others big problems here, for instance, unlimited data plans are very expensive, and they are not available in many towns.

    • dedegarrido

      Actually, Vivo is providing “great” plans, 4G for the price of 3G; [LOL for them, there is 4G only in very limited places (I live in Brasilia) and their price for 3G/4G aint cheap, but it is kinda good speed (got something like 30 mbps Down)]

      • Dany Quirion

        in canada i have over 100 mbps down hahah

  • bigtalk

    umu yeah $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Rafael Cunha

    Eu sou brasileiro e existem rumores de que os novos iphones vão ser lançados na nova apple store RIO que deve chegar em meados de dezembro