UPDATE: The latest news is that the launch date has been delayed until Friday 2nd November 2012. More news soon.
We are now coming close to the official launch of the iPhone 5 in Thailand. Last night, Post Today said on their website that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has already approved Apple’s request to sell the iPhone in Thailand. According to NBTC, Apple is expected to be selling the iPhone in Thailand at these prices:
16GB 22,450 Baht
32GB – 26,350 Baht
64GB – 30,250 Baht
Thai media and Apple fan sites are all saying that the iPhone 5 will be released in Thailand at the end of October. As this always happens on a Friday, we are looking at either the 19th October or 26th October. Most likely it will be the second date. True Move, DTAC and AIS are expected to hold launch events on the Thursday evening preceding these dates.
The advice now is that if you haven’t bought an iPhone 5 yet and want to buy one, then wait for the official release. The following are the prices for the iPhone 5 in the grey market at MBK. Please note, as the iPhone isn’t out in Thailand yet, none of these models come with a warranty. If you buy today and it breaks, you will have to fly to Hong Kong to get it fixed.
16GB 32,500 Baht
32GB – 36,500 Baht
64GB – 41,000 Baht
I will post again as soon as the mobile phone carriers in Thailand confirm these prices and dates.