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If you have been waiting for an official version of the new iPhone 5S or 5C, Friday October 25 is the day, at least according to the country list put out by Apple. Don't expect US prices, however.
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Remember, those low US prices require a two-year contract with a telephone company. AFP
Friday update: Several readers have reported that the local iStudio representatives say they have no plans to sell iPhones on October 25 or soon after. Thailand IS on the list of countries in the Apple announcement, however. It is possible that the first phones will be sold through package deals with telephone companies, so check with DTAC, AIS and True Move H.
New iPhones go on sale October 25
If you have been waiting for an official version of the new iPhone 5S or 5C, Friday October 25 is the day.
Thailand will be one of 35 countries included in the second phase of the new iPhone rollout along with other countries across Europe and Asia.
Don't expect US prices, however. There, an iPhone 5S can cost as little as $199 (6250 baht) and an iPhone 5C only $99 (3110 baht). Those prices require a two-year contract with a telephone company and it is not yet clear what kind of savings you can expect from companies here. The True Move H website this morning, for example, says only "coming soon".
If you must have your iPhone this month, be prepared to pay some serious money. According to Apple, the iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or grey for a suggested retail price of 23,900 baht for the 16GB model, 27,900 baht for the 32GB model and 31,900 baht for the 64GB model.
What about the "inexpensive" iPhone 5C? That comes comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white for a recommended retail price of 19,900 baht for the 16GB model and 23,900 baht for the 32GB model.
If that is too much for your budget, the iPhone 4S is still available for a suggested retail price of 14,900 baht.
The new iPhones will be available through the Apple Online Store http://www.apple.com/th and selected Apple authorised resellers.
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authorised: given official permission to do something or for something to happen - ได้รับอนุญาต
available: that you can get, use, find or buy - มีอยู่, หาได้
budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ
contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
inexpensive: not expensive - มีราคาถูก
official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
phase: a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ
recommended: suggested; saying that something is very good or useful - เป็นที่แนะนำ
retail: to sell directly to the public for their own use - ขายปลีก
rollout: an occasion when a company introduces or starts to use a new product - การนำ(สินค้า ฯลฯ) ออกส่สายตาประชาชนเป็นครั้งแรก
version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น