By Michael Oleaga / ( | First Posted: Sep 14, 2012 11:19 AM EDT

Apple Inc.'s Senior Vice President Phillip Schiller introducing the iPhone 5. (Photo : Reuters)

The iPhone 5's pre-orders started today but its official release takes place in the next two Fridays, and the LTE availability is an aspect Apple hopes to bank on.

Apple Inc.'s Senior Vice President Phillip Schiller spoke about the distribution dates during the Sept. 12 keynote presentation in San Francisco. Schiller stated that they are working with carriers all over the world on providing one of the newer aspects for the iPhone 5, which is the 4G LTE.

LTE Availability:

Australia: Optus, Telstra, Virgin Mobile

Europe: (Germany): Duetshe Telekom, (United Kingdom): Everything Everywhere (EE)

North America: (US): AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, (Canada): Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, Koodo, Virgin Mobile

Asia: (Hong Kong): SmarTone, (Japan): KDDI, SoftBank, (Singapore): M1, SingTel, (South Korea): KT, SK telecom

iPhone 5 Confirmed Release Dates:

September 21: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States

It'll be another week before another 22 countries get hold on the device

September 28: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

"By the end of this calendar year, we hope to be in a hundred countries, 240 carrier partners around the world. This will be our fastest phone rollout ever," said Schiller.

For US customers, prices for the iPhone start at $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB when signing a contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. 

For specs and definitions of what the iPhone 5 has to offer, click here to view.

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