Today marks the spread of the iPhone 5 beyond just the major carriers in the USA and a handful of other nations. International readers will doubtless already know when the iPhone 5 is available in their neck of the woods, and some 22 more countries have seen the new device land today:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The other interesting news is that today the device launched on a number of smaller, regional carriers scattered around the USA. Carriers like C Spire, Bluegrass Cellular, Appalachian Wireless, Alaska GCI, Cricket Wireless, Cellcom and nTelos Wireless are now stocking the iPhone 5, and aggressively pricing in order to try and grab customers. Of those, at least nTelos, Cellcom, and Bluegrass are offering the iPhone 5 at $50 less than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. There is a catch: they don’t have large LTE networks, so you won’t get the boosted speed. Cricket is offering the device off contract for $499 and up.