Following iPhone 5 availability in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on September 21, the international expansion of the iPhone 5 continues today, as Apple’s latest handset was made available in 22 new countries including a number of regional carriers in the USA. The handset will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores, as well as Apple Authorized Resellers.

Customers can purchase iPhone 5 in 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 iPhone 5 is also going on sale at a number of U.S.regional carriers, including Cricket, C Spire, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, GCI, Golden State Cellular, Nex-Tech Wireless, Pioneer Wireless, Appalachian Wireless, MTA Solutions, and nTelos. Cellcom, nTelos, and Appalachian, will be offering $50 off the normal retail price, bringing on-contract buys to $149 for the 16GB version, $249 for the 32GB unit and $349 for the largest 64GB model. Cricket will be offering the iPhone 5 without a contract for $499.99 and up. Regional carrier such as C Spire and GCI have yet to release their price points. In addition, unlocked iPhone 5 prices are listed on Apple’s New Zealand website starting at NZ $1049.

The new iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display, 8MP iSight camera and a faster A6 processor, and it runs on latest operating system, iOS 6, featuring many improvements – though you may not like Apple’s own Maps app. Despite Maps controversy, the device has been a best seller for Apple since its release and many analysts are predicting 50 million iPhone 5s will be sold by the end of the year.

Apple’s stock has dropped more than $35 since hitting a new all time high of $705.07 ahead of the iPhone 5′s release.

Is the iPhone 5 launching in your country today? Are you queuing up outside the Apple Stores? Tell us in the comments.

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