White iPhone 4 conversion kits net New York teen $130,000

“When Fei Lam, a high school senior and gadget nerd, got a tip about buying up some white iPhone 4 parts, he saw the opportunity to finally make his passion for electronics pay off,” Ben Popper reports for The New York Observer.

“According to Lam, who speaks fluent Chinese, about six months ago he was able to make a connection with Apple’s infamous overseas supplier. “I knew a guy from a few years back that had somewhat of a relationship with folks in Foxconn,” Lam told The Observer by email,” Popper reports. “Lam created a site, whiteiphonefournow.com, to sell conversion kits that turn regular iPhone 4’s into their elusive white version.”

Popper reports, “His venture was noticed by major sites like TechCrunch, CNET and CNN, helping him to sell more than $130,000 worth of parts since this past August… Yesterday however, Lam received an ominous letter. ‘I got an email from a private investigator accusing me of selling stolen goods, which I’m 100 percent sure is not the case. They are some kind of anti-counterfeit/trademark firm, which sounds ridiculous, similar to what Apple is bringing up to remove White iPhone 4 Listings on eBay. I don’t know how this legal stuff works.'”

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33 Comments

  1. Apple commissioned the production of the parts. They paid for them. If they leave the factory against Apple’s wishes, they are stolen. Even Apple can own parts in China. If they were transfered to the US, then it’s international trafficking of stolen goods.

    If Apple did not commission the production of these parts, then they are counterfeit. The proof of Apple’s ownership is in the logo’s trademark, form and function of the parts and patents used to make them. Since this guy is selling them in the US, Apple has every right to go after him. Apple has the right to go after other kirfs too.

    The proof is on the kid that he did not steel, or accept stolen or commission the manufacture of counterfeit goods. He has quit literally accused himself of wrong based on his own words. Contacting and conspiring with a friend at the factory in China to obtain and distribute the parts.

    Apple is the correct place to contact to purchase and distribute these parts. We all know, White iPhones and their parts are not sold by Apple. Distributors need to be licensed, he is just a kid. Two wrongs do not make a right.

    Steve & Steve made blue boxes, that trend should stop right there. No hypocrisy here.

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