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Monday December 19, 2011 7:41 am

Apple brings iPhone 4S to 20 more countries

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Smartphones, Corporate News

iPhone 4s

Apple on Friday launched the iPhone 4S in more than 20 additional countries, including several in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

According to a report from MacRumors, those countries are: Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

In at least one country, the iPhone 4S carries with it a rather hefty price tag. MacRumors said due to import duties levied on electronics, the price of an iPhone 4S in Brazil starts at R$2599, or about $1,400 USD.

In other countries, however, pricing seems to be similar to what it is in the U.S., MacRumors said. For example, customers in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand can buy the device for between $700 and $900 directly from Apple's online store. In the U.S., you can buy a contract-free, unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S for $649.

The iPhone 4S is now available in more than 60 countries. In October, the iPhone 4S first launched in seven countries, and later that month Apple added 22 more. In November, Apple added another 14 countries, including Hong Kong, where pre-orders reportedly sold out within 10 minutes of Apple making the device available.

The iPhone 4S is in hot demand; in fact, NM Insight found that it's the most talked-about smartphone of the year. Additionally, if you want to pick one up at your local Apple Store, you still have to reserve it online first.

This article, written by Leslie Horn, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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