The iPhone 5 will cost more than the iPhone 4S does today when it launches in South Africa, newly appointed Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub, said in an interview broadcast on YouTube today (26 September 2012).
Joosub was answering a question from a viewer that wanted to know if the iPhone 4S would become cheaper when its successor launches in SA.
While it wasn’t made clear whether the iPhone 4S would see a price cut, Joosub said that though they are still waiting on prices from Apple it looks like the iPhone 4S will be cheaper than the iPhone 5.
Apple officially announced the iPhone 5 earlier this month (12 September 2012), saying that that device would become available in a few countries from 21 September 2012 before rolling out to more territories from 28 September.
The device is set to be available in 100 countries across 240 carriers by December 2012, Apple said.
Vodacom has already informed their trading partners that they should order new nano SIM cards, which are used in the new iPhone 5, for a “soon to be announced new handset”.
According to unconfirmed information from a well-placed source, the iPhone 5 may launch in SA as soon as October 2012.