By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
December 17, 2011

But Brazil, where unlocked phones start at $1,400 U.S., not so much

Apple (AAPL) delivered the iPhone 4S to two dozen more countries Friday, bringing it — by our count — to 76, exceeding its stated goal to be in more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

Friday’s launches were in Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Egypt, French West Indies, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Reunion Island, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. On Nov. 25 it launched in Colombia, Croatia, India, Macau, Macedonia, Moldova, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In the coverage we’ve seen so far, customers seemed pretty excited in Malaysia and more muted in Brazil, where Apple is charging 2,599 Brazilian Reals ($1,400) for an unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S — a model you can pick up in the U.S. for $649.

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