Brave Teen Who Sold Authentic White iPhone 4s May Face Huge Fines and Jail Time
Posted on November 17th, 2010 in Gadgetry | 4 Comments » |
A brave 17-year-old got tired of waiting for the white iPhone 4 so he took matters into his own hands. Fei Lam from Queens, NY figured out a way to give fans his own authentic version of the white iPhone 4s and has made a killing in the process.
According to The Observer, Lam knew that there could be huge money in getting the white iPhone 4s out to Apple enthusiasts, so he reached out to a “guy” at Foxconn and got himself genuine components for the white iPhone 4.
“I knew a guy from a few years back that had somewhat of a relationship with folks in Foxconn,” Lam told The Observer.
He created website, whiteiphone4now.com, to sell the conversion kits that can transform black iPhone 4′s into the authentic white version. The site was only launched in August, but it has already put over $130,000 in Lam’s pocket due to publicity from major sites such as CNNmoney, CNET, TechCruch, and so on.
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Unfortunately, his clever plan came to an end yesterday when he received an ominous letter from the anti-counterfeit firm. Lam said, “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.”
So far, Lam intends to contact a lawyer and does not plan to shut his website down anytime soon. Lam is still under the age of 18, so if convicted, he will probably be charged as a juvenile. I hope that his 130K will be enough to cover the charges Apple is slapping on him.
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