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Taiwan to get iPhone 5 in November at earliest

TAIPEI--Apple's iPhone 5, one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2012, will be available in Taiwan in November at the earliest, local telecom carriers said Saturday.

Apple Inc., the California-based company, is scheduled to release the new product on Sept. 13 in the United States, which means Taiwan will have to wait for around 2-3 months for the new-generation iPhone to arrive at stores, they said.

Local carriers said they haven't heard anything from Apple yet.

Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecommunications company in the country, said that the Taiwan release date for the phone is “very unpredictable,” but it will do its best to get the product onto its shelves as soon as possible.

Many customers have decided to wait for the phone launch, and the anticipation surrounding the iPhone 5 might have caused smartphone sales to slump by 2.3 percent on the global market in Q2 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest report released by Gartner Inc., a U.S. technology research and advisory firm.

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