iPhone 5 Has Been On Sale For Weeks In Gaza Strip, While Israelis Will Have To Wait Until December

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According to the Israel Hayom, the iPhone 5 has been on sale for weeks in Gaza Strip.

Apple’s new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching the “Palestinian” enclave via smuggling tunnels even before it reaches high-tech hub Israel next door.

The latest iPhone is being snapped up in Gaza for almost double its cost in the U.S., its price jacked up by middlemen on its circuitous delivery route from Dubai via tunnels linking the blockaded territory with Egypt.

The iPhone 5 will not be available until December from mobile operators in tech-mad Israel, which along with Egypt maintains a partial blockade of the Gaza Strip to prevent the entry of anything that could be used for military purposes.

Apple has no store or official dealership in the Gaza Strip, whose Islamist Hamas leadership is in conflict with Israel, but the phones have been available for a couple of weeks in the Gaza Strip and they were on display on Monday in three independent mobile stores in a one-block radius in downtown Gaza City.

While ‘Palestinians suffer under Israeli occupation’ prices of  the newest Apple device ranged from $1,180 for the 16-gigabyte model to $1,490 for the 64 GB model.

I ordered 30 and I’ve sold 20 so far,” said one dealer. “We can order as many as we want. But most people are waiting for the price to go down. They’re pretty expensive,” but, he adds “there are always some people prepared to pay whatever they must just to have the latest thing.”

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