Apple has announced the impending availability of its iconic iPhone 5 in more countries and Kenya is included. The phone which will be exclusively available through Orange Kenya is one of Apple’s best. It is lighter than the iPhone 4S and feels more premium unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3 which feels cheap and fades like an entry level smartphone.
Apart from Kenya, the iPhone 5 will be available in more than 50 additional countries by the end of December 2012.
The iPhone 5 was unveiled to the US shoppers in September. The phone is currently available in more than 40 countries around the world. Apple is looking to push the sale of the phone during Christmas holidays and also keep its promise to get it on sale in 100 countries by the end of the year.
Apart from Orange, Safaricom is expected to sell the device to its high end clients through its corporate sales channel. It is not clear how much Safaricom would sell the phone but expect it to be more pricier than the Orange version. The iPhones sold through Safaricom would be a great buy since they will be sim-unlocked unlike the Orange Kenya version.
Here is the schedule or iPhone 5 rollout as announced by Apple;
Friday, Dec. 7: South Korea
Friday, Dec. 14: Albania, Antigua, Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela
Friday, Dec. 21: Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.