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December 16th iPhone 4S Launches to Include Russia and Brazil

Apple is continuing its rapid international rollout of the iPhone 4S this month, and while the company has not published any recent press releases detailing its upcoming launch schedule, carrier partners and retailers in several countries have begun announcing availability for December 16th. Notably, this round of launches will include two of the world's most populous countries: Brazil and Russia.


In South America, Brazilian carrier Claro has posted a promotional page [Google translation] noting the December 16th launch date. MacMagazine.com.br noted last week that several shops had already begun selling both the iPhone 4S and 8 GB iPhone 4 at very high prices (nearly $2000 for a 16 GB iPhone 4S) ahead of the official launch, but official pricing from Apple's carrier partners for the iPhone 4S remains to be seen.

Several Russian retailers including Digital.ru [Google translation] have announced that they too will begin selling the iPhone 4S on December 16th, with pre-orders already underway.

Brazil and Russia are not the only countries set to see iPhone 4S launches on December 16th, as reports are also coming in from Taiwan, the Philippines, South Africa, and Malaysia citing that same date for their iPhone 4S debuts.

Update: The iPhone 4S will also be launching in Saudi Arabia on the 16th.

Update 2: We're also seeing mention of December 16th launches in Chile, Israel, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam, bringing this round of launches to a total of at least a dozen countries.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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35 months ago
Oh my god, this must mean it's finally arriving to Chile soon.
It's taken them AGES. But that's great news.
Rating: 6 Votes
35 months ago
in america you buy iPhones, in russia iPhones buy you!

anyway im glad iPhone is launching in my country (russia), even if im not going to buy it.
Rating: 3 Votes
35 months ago
http://www.ais.co.th/iPhone4s/index.html
http://www.dtac.co.th/index.php
http://www.truemove-h.com/iphone4s_comingsoon.aspx

Thailand will sell 4S in 16 December 2011 by all 3 carriers.
AIS preorder in 13 December 2011.
Dtac preorder in 9 December 2011.
Truemove hasn't announce yet but open the news register system.
Rating: 2 Votes
35 months ago
And in an interesting development Syria forbid any iPhones from entering the country... And, only iPhones, not Androids or BB... (source: Spiegel.de)
Rating: 2 Votes
35 months ago
Hope so, $2000 USD is just insane.
Rating: 1 Votes
35 months ago

selling both the iPhone 4S and 8 GB iPhone 4 at very high prices (nearly $2000 for a 16 GB iPhone 4S)


jesus christ :eek:
Rating: 1 Votes
35 months ago

Probably, 2199BRL, that is, around 1200USD. Ok, I was wrong that it would pair the price of a low end MBPro 15". Actually 1200USD is almost the retail price of a higher end MBP 13".


Don't even get me started on the price of cars here... :(
Electronics at least are easy to smuggle.
Rating: 1 Votes
35 months ago
Any word or way to find out when the 4S will be out in Turkey?
Rating: 1 Votes
35 months ago
Im thinking of launching an iPhone case that keeps your hands warm for russia, think it would be a good seller :-)
Rating: 1 Votes
35 months ago

Im thinking of launching an iPhone case that keeps your hands warm for russia, think it would be a good seller :-)


You're coming too late... already done:
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/01/mophie-and-rocketfish-recall-ios-device-battery-cases/
Rating: 1 Votes

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