Vietnamese carriers to sell iPhone 4S this week

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Vietnamese telecom companies VinaPhone and Viettel have announced they will sell the latest iPhone to customers starting this Friday.

Local media reported that the state-owned VinaPhone will offer the 16GB iPhone 4S for VND15.6 million (US$740) on contract. Apple's iPhone will be sold by Viettel for a slightly higher price, VND16.4 million.

The 32GB and 64GB versions also will be available.

Viettel said it will offer a no-contract iPhone 4S too, but customers will have to pay an extra VND600,000 to unlock the phone.

The iPhone 4S went on sale in October in the United States. It was seen by many as a minor follow-up to the previous model, because it featured fewer upgrades than expected.

Phone shops in Vietnam are selling the iPhone 4S unofficially for between VND17.8 million and VND21.5 million, news website VnExpress reported. It cited retailers as saying the prices may fall after the official sale launch on Friday.

VinaPhone and Viettel are the only carriers allowed by Apple to distribute its phones in Vietnam.

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