Brazil gives Apple Early Approval for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c Sales

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Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency has completed the approval process that will allow Apple to sell its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the country. The approval has come earlier than expected since the new iPhone models have been available in the United States for only three weeks, and Brazil's approval process often takes months.

Brazil gives the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c approval for sale in the countryBrazil gives the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c approval for sale in the country

The Brazil-compatible versions of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will operate at the 2600 MHz frequency, which is the country's standard. The devices will be built locally at Foxconn's Sau Paulo factory in Jundiai, according to ZDNet.

Apple's newest iPhone models launched in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore on September 20 and have been in short supply ever since. The smartphones will come to 35 more countries on October 25, and 16 more on November 1.

There isn't any word yet on exactly when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in Brazil, or how much the smartphones will cost. Even without any firm date from Apple, however, it's a safe bet that Brazilians will be able to get their hands on the company's newest smartphones much earlier than they expected.

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Apple is aggressively pushing to get the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c into new markets as quickly as it can. Getting approval in Brazil means it'll be able to start sales in the country earlier than it has with previous product launches.

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