New iPhones hit Thailand Oct 25

The new iPhone modles 5S and 5C will hit Thai stores officially on Friday, Oct 25, Apple announced on Wednesday.

A new iPhone 5S, bottom, and a new iPhone 5C are seen on display in the US. (AP photo)

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. Grey-market versions of the two new iPhones have been available in Thailand since the went on sale in the first launch in the US.

According to Apple, the iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or space 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. 

iPhone 5C 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. The iPhone 4S is still available for a suggested retail price of 14,900 baht.

In the US, people usually buy phones through a mobile company. They pay a smaller up-front price for the device, but are then locked into a standard, two-year contract, more expensive than most Thai companies charge. The cheapest 5C model costs $199 in up-front payment, but locks the buyer into a new wireless contract. (Story continues below this Verizon website promotion running in the US.)

On Amazon.com on Thursday, unlocked (no contract) Apple iPhone 5Cs were available inside the US for the equivalent of about 18,400 baht, while the lowest-priced 16GB model 5S was 25,950 baht.

The new iPhones will be available through the Apple Online Store www.apple.com/th and selected Apple authorised resellers.

The list of the 35 countries for the Oct 25 second launch phase includes 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.

iPhone models 5S and 5C will also be available on Thursday, Oct 31 in Malaysia and on Friday, Nov 1 in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE.

The new Apple smartphones are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

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