Global iPhone 5 Launch Goes ‘Better Than Expected’

On Friday, the international roll out of Apple’s new iPhone 5 went “better than expected.”

Despite long lines, chaos didn’t reign supreme and there were no incidents of violence or general anarchy.

As of this writing, order and calm are prevailing in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Last week the iPhone first went on sale across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Consumers have been ravenous in their appetite for the new iPhone, often waiting in lines twelve hours or more to get the latest touchscreen device.

Beyond the 22 additional countries where the iPhone 5 is now available, the device also launched Friday on a number of regional carriers in the U.S., including Cellcom, nTelos, Appalachian Wireless, C Spire, GCI, and Cricket Communications.