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
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

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Are 4K displays on a smartphone overkill?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Eskom load shedding update: almost a month without blackouts

Eskom light

Eskom has been able to continue its maintenance plan without requiring load shedding for the past 25 days.

Vodacom to increase mobile coverage in the Western Cape

Vodacom logo

Vodacom will invest R180m in its network infrastructure in the Western Cape to improve coverage.

New Moto 360 smartwatch collection

Moto 360

Motorola has revealed its new Moto 360 smartwatch collection, offering “more styles, more features, and more battery”.

Switching is a snap with the Aspire Switch 10 E

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E

You can’t ask for everything to fit easily – but you can ask for a 2-in-1 that will.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X