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.
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It's taken them AGES. But that's great news.
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.
And in an interesting development Syria forbid any iPhones from entering the country... And, only iPhones, not Androids or BB... (source: Spiegel.de)
jesus christ :eek:
These prices are ridiculous, I paid R$1200 for an iPhone 4 almost an year ago, with a cheap plan (R$64 - ~U$35). Prices will very likely drop heavily next year, they are just setting up fools for Christmas.
Is confirmed in Chile, launch date: December 16th
Here is you contract a plan, you can get the iPhone 4S for free, in Chile :P