UPDATE! iPhone 5 release date and pricing info

The iPhone 5 drops on September 21st – not long to wait until you can get your very own faster, slimmer, lighter iPhone

The iPhone 5 release date has been revealed as September 21st for the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Pre-orders will kick off on September 14th – that's just two days time kids – and the iPhone 5 will be available to buy from 8am on September 28th.

Overall 100 countries will get the new iPhone and over 240 carriers will stock it.

In the UK, EE will have the 4G exclusive on the iPhone 5 "in the coming weeks" (which should ruffle a few feathers) and we should be browsing the internet at five times faster than 3G by Christmas. EE hasn't announced pricing and availability for the 3G or 4G iPhone 5 contracts yet but we'll keep you posted over the next few days.

Price-wise, for the US the iPhone 5 will be available on contract for US$200 for 16GB models, US$300 for 32GB and US$400 for 64GB models. UK pricing will start at £530.

Apple has also confirmed that in the UK, the iPhone 5 will be available with Everything Everywhere, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and 3.

UPDATE: Read our in depth iPhone 5 review 

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