Individuals involved in sale of Apple’s 4G iPhone prototype revealed

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney Thursday in response to queries from Wired.com,” Brian X. Chen and Kim Zetter report for Wired.

“Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone,” Chen and Zetter report. “Gizmodo emphasized to him ‘that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,’ according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein.”

“According to the statement from his lawyer, Hogan was in the bar with friends when another patron handed him the phone after finding it on a nearby stool. The patron asked Hogan if the phone belonged to him, and then left the bar. Hogan asked others sitting nearby if the phone belonged to them, and when no one claimed it, he and his friends left the bar with the device,” Chen and Zetter report. “‘Brian opened the phone onto a Facebook page but then the phone shut down,’ attorney Bornstein writes. ‘From that time on, the phone was inoperable the entire time Brian had it.'”

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Greg Sandoval, Steven Musil and Declan McCullagh report for CNET, “Hogan, however, had help in finding a buyer for the phone. CNET has learned that Sage Robert Wallower, a 27-year-old University of California at Berkeley student, contacted technology sites about what is believed to be Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The device was lost by an Apple engineer last month. Police in San Mateo County have said they are investigating the lost phone as a possible theft.”

“CNET’s sources said Wallower, a former Navy cryptologic technician who transferred to UC Berkeley two years ago, acted as a go-between,” Sandoval, Musil and McCullagh report. “CNET has learned that there were at least three people involved: Hogan, Wallower, and someone else connected to the sale. Records indicate that Wallower and Hogan may have attended Santa Barbara City College during the same period.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “ChrissyOne” for the heads up.]

49 Comments

  1. If Brian Hogan was smart, he would have made an agreement with Gizmodo to pay for any lawyer fees needed as a result of the Gizmodo sale, er . . . exclusive looking at fee.

    If not, good-by $5,000!

  2. I can’t believe MDN forgot to comment on this… the best part:

    In an in-person interview with CNET at his home in Oakland on Thursday, Wallower said, “I’m not the person who found it. I didn’t see it or touch it in any manner. But I know who found it.” He declined to identify anyone else, however, in part because he said conversations with law professors had convinced him that Apple was a “legal juggernaut.”
    “I need to talk to a lawyer,” Wallower said. “I think I have already said too much.”

  3. Well first thing I did was ask people, yea, that’s it, a bunch of people if the phone was theirs. Then I told the bartender that I had the . . . no, wait, that could be verified. I said it loud enough for the bartender to hear me. Yea, that’s it, I’m sure he heard me, right?

    Then I didn’t know WHAT to do?!?!? So a friend told me that if I took it to this tech publication they could look at it and help me find the rightful owner.

    Next think I know there shoving $5,000 at me and telling me they would know how to find the rightful owner, whoever that was.

    A couple of days later some Apple Geniuses came to my house asking me to take a look around. I figured they came to help me find my lost iPod Shuffle, I’m always loosing that. I told them no thank you and I . . .

  4. I wonder if we will ever know how much Steve Jobs paid these kids to have this much fun.

    But this for sure – whatever it was – even setting them all up for life (after some of them serve their short sentences) – the PR for what is simply the next version of the iPhone is incalculable. Absolutely impossible to buy this kind of exposure for any product. EVERYBODY will have to have one of these phones just to see what the fuss is all about.

    Wonder if they get to visit Algore, in his new emissions-free estate on the Pacific Coast?

  5. Don’t think it will be 4G technology, but since it will occupy the spot between 3G service and 4G (LTE), I hear they will be calling it the…..

    4G ‘Spot’

    BAM!!!

  6. I think selling it to Gizmodo was the obvious path, and arguably what alot of people would end up doing, especially since getting it back to its owner was very difficult once the phone was turned off.

    I think people sh*t talking giz, or the people involved are being @$$holes. Often times, with finding phones, wallets, etc, people will hold on to them. Why? Rewards/thanks. I myself have lost my phone and had someone track me down to give it to me. I have also found wallets where I used the info inside to contact the person and give it back to them in person.

    1. Dont trust the bar-keeper to hold it. Ive worked in bars, and people steal things from the lost and found all the time. 2. I would have done the same thing, expecting a reward, knowing this person is out at a bar with a nice phone, Im sure he would be likely to provide an incentive…

    Just saying, its how today works. There is no law that it must be put into a lost and found.

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