Friends, relatives, blog readers, and even co-workers keep asking me if they should go ahead and pre-order iPhone 5 now or should they wait till it arrives to Kuwait? Well, I was kinda asking myself the same question but before I give any specific answers I did my home work by doing some basic research online and offline. First I visited Apple U.K. online store (since it’s unlocked) to check the availability and prices and they were as follow;
16GB version for £529 (KD253)
32GB version for £599 (KD288)
64GB version £699 (KD336)
We can’t order from Apple U.S or Canada since the iPhone 5 will be locked, also you need a mail forwading service (Such as Aramex, DHL, Posta Plus) to deliver it and a credit card that is acceptable in the U.K (Kuwait VISA’s won’t work). Those who managed to order it from the first shipment, their iPhone 5 is expected to arrive to Kuwait from September 24 to September 30, otherwise if you order it today it will arrive early October. Meanwhile, I have contacted several local dealers and carriers (X-Cite, Electrozan, Eureka, iCity, VIVA, Zain, Wataniya) and they were expecting iPhone 5 arrival date to be sometime between 24th September to early October and price range will be KD290 to KD 320 for the 16GB version.
So we can see clearly that the price difference between say Apple U.K and Kuwait (about KD300) for the 16 GB version is not significant here, same applies for the arrival date, also bear in mind that even if those who ordered it online get it first they still have to wait until Nano sim cards are available in Kuwait, cutting existing sim cards simply won’t work. So now what’s your plan?
Note: Currency conversion rate £1 = KD0.48