Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Teen entrepreneur earns $130K with white iPhone 4 conversion kits; ends up in hot water

Although Apple hasn't been satisfied by the results of trying to put together a white iPhone 4, apparently the parts exist. Thus, a 17-year-old entrepreneur, Fei Lam, connected with Foxconn, who makes iPhones for Apple, and purchased white parts, selling them on WhiteiPhone4Now.com, as a kit that costs $279. At least, he has been, but he may have landed in some legal hot water.

Lam says he has received an email from someone who says they are a "private investigator." The letter accuses him of selling stolen property.
"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."
While Lam says he is sure the goods are not stolen, we would ask: how can he be sure?

It is, after all, unclear that Foxconn has the right to sell these parts. Of course, one would think that Apple (assuming the PI is associated with Apple) would be ticked off at Foxconn, not Lam. On the other hand, Apple has a business relationship with Foxconn, not Lam.

Meanwhile, Lam's site remains up, at least for now. He's already sold $130,000 worth of kits, which he says will fund his college education.

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