iPhone 5 goes global for the holidays: Brazil, Russia, S. Korea, and 50+ other countries

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The iPhone 5 global rollout is beginning this week. In a tablet handed down from the mountain (i.e., a press release) from Cupertino, Apple stated this morning the company’s latest smartphone will finally be hitting markets in new countries, from Russia and China to Panama and Kenya.

Right now, the device is available in 47 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom; the new rollout will put the iPhone 5 in 54 additional countries.

Here’s the full rollout schedule:

Friday, Dec. 7:

  • South Korea

Friday, Dec. 14:

  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Grenada
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Philipines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 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 and the Grenadines
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam

The iPhone 5 will bring users all the wonders of iOS 6, the company’s latest mobile operating system, which features the now-famous (and increasingly multilingual) Siri as well as deep Facebook integrations. Prices range from around $200 to $400, and Apple’s previous smartphone, the iPhone 4S, can now be had for a paltry $99 or free with a contract from a participating carrier.