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iPhone 5 launches on U.S. regional carriers and in 22 new countries

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:37PM EST

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Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 quickly became the fastest-selling smartphone of all time when it launched on major U.S. carriers and in key international markets one week ago. The Cupertino, California-based company sold 5 million new iPhones in the device’s first three days of availability alone, leading some to call the launch “epic” despite having missed a number of Wall Street analysts’ lofty projections. Sales have seemingly remained strong since then and on Friday, the iPhone 5 becomes available on regional U.S. carriers including Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, Cricket, C Spire, GCI and nTelos. Apple’s new iPhone also launches in 22 additional countries around the world on Friday including Austria, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. BGR reviewed the iPhone 5 earlier this week and called it Apple’s most impressive mobile feat to date.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.