The Apple iPhone 5 may not have been the answer to all our smartphone prayers but that hasn't stopped the smartphone from becoming one of the most coveted devices on the planet. Taking advantage of the hype surrounding the offering, Apple introduced the phone in 22 more countries over the weekend in what is being dubbed the company’s “most aggressive launch schedule ever”. On Friday, the iPhone 5 was launched in Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Norway, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria which brings the total number of countries where the new iPhone is available to 31.
The European launch also coincided with the iPhone 5’s launch on a number of region service providers within the U.S. including Cricket Communications, GCI, C Spire, Appalachian Wireless, nTelos and Cellcom. A few of these carriers have slashed around $50 off the regular market price for the phone which lets customers purchase the phone16-gigabyte iPhone 5 model $149 while the 32 gigabyte and 64 gigabyte models retail for $249 and $349 respectively along with a contract. Apple claims that by the time the holidays come around, the iPhone 5 would be available with over 240 carriers in around a 100 countries worldwide. Over 5 million iPhone 5s were sold over its launch weekend alone and Apple is expecting it to become its best selling product ever.