Apple announces major iPhone 5s/5c expansion

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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.