iPhone 5 pre-orders open, confirmed for 8ta

The iPhone 5 will be coming to 8ta according to the operator’s website

By - December 6, 2012 Share on LinkedIn
iPhone 5

8ta is advertising on its website that it will sell the iPhone 5 from 14 December 2012.

This means that all of South Africa’s mobile network operators will have Apple’s newest smartphone for sale this year.

Vodacom and Cell C have both opened pre-orders for the device, while MTN is promising that its pre-order form will be available soon.

Apple announced on Monday (3 December 2012) that South Africa would be among the over 50 countries to receive the iPhone 5 on 14 December.

The device features a larger display than that of its predecessor (4-inch / 102mm diagonal), and at 7.6mm thick boasts a thinner profile than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S as well.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

It also has an improved camera, sports Apple’s new “Lightning” connector, and is set to support Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, though it is unlikely to support South Africa’s budding LTE networks at launch.

It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 5 does not support the frequency band (2300MHz) that 8ta is rolling out its LTE network in. 8ta has also indicated that its LTE trial is aimed at a “fixed wireless” use rather than a mobile broadband offering.

8ta did not respond to requests for comment about its iPhone 5 plans.

None of the networks were willing to disclose pricing information either, but the table belowshows what the iPhone 5 costs when bought directly from Apple in the US and some European countries:

iPhone 5 prices US UK Ireland
iPhone 5 16GB R5,750 ($649) R7,538 (£529) R7,849 (€679)
iPhone 5 32GB R6,6,36 ($749) R8,536 (£599) R9,121 (€789)
iPhone 5 64GB R7,522 ($849) R9,960 (£699) R10,392 (€899)
Exchange rates R8.86/$ R14.25/£ R11.56/€
US prices are quoted excluding sales tax while the prices from the UK and Ireleand already include VAT.

iPhone 5 launch plans from Vodacom, Cell C

iTunes music store in SA

iPhone 5 price hike for SA: Vodacom

iPhone 5 LTE unlikely to work in SA at launch

iPhone 5 in South Africa: early adopter pricing

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Have you ever sent a naked selfie over WhatsApp or Snapchat?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Vodacom achieves the impossible

4G

In an amazing turn of events, Vodacom has successfully argued for and against using the term 4G for technologies which do not meet the technical requirements of 4G.

Outlook.com upgrade delayed

Microsoft logo on blue

Microsoft has suggested that its upgrade of Outlook.com has been pushed back until next year.

Opera web sync hack

Opera browser logo

Opera has detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system.

ISPs are teaming up with a torrent site in India

Downloading BitTorrent

To reduce the load on their networks, Internet service providers in India have partnered with TorBox.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×