iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale in India and 15 new countries today


We’ve been so busy covering iPad Air launched related news, that we almost forgot that today was the third wave of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale in 16 new countries earlier today.

The new iPhone went on sale in the following countries:

Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c first went on sale in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK last Friday on September 20.

This was followed by the launch in 35 additional countries on October 25th. It also looks like the fourth wave of countries will be on November 15, as carriers in Philippines have already started promoting it as the release date, and have asked customers to register their interest.

Interestingly, Indian carrier Reliance Communications is offering iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on a two-year contract. It is the first time a carrier in India is offering Apple’s iPhone on contract. WSJ reports:

Reliance Communications said it will sell the iPhone 5S for 2,999 rupees ($48.5) per month and the 5C for 2,599 rupees per month. The amount would include unlimited phone calls, Internet subscription and no additional costs.

Until now carriers in India have offered reverse subsidy plans on iPhones, which meant users had to pay the full price of the iPhone upfront but can recover up to 100% of the cost of the iPhone over a period of 2 years if they stick with the carrier. The two-year contracts on the iPhone should certainly help Apple gain more users in the second largest mobile phone market in the world.

It looks like the new iPhones was greeted to very long lines in India.

If you’re living in any of the countries mentioned above, please do let us know if you had to wait in long lines to get your hands on the shiny new iPhone.