White iPhone 4 conversion kit seller gets legal threat after $130k sales

Chris Davies - Nov 17, 2010
White iPhone 4 conversion kit seller gets legal threat after $130k sales

Apple’s official white iPhone 4 is still MIA, which has left room for aftermarket replacement casing companies to step in; now, it seems, Apple – or investigators potentially connected with them – is unleashing its legal team to pick them off. According to The New York Observer, 17-year-old high-school senior Fei Lam had sold more than $130,000 worth of white iPhone 4 parts that he apparently sourced directly from Foxconn, when a threatening email from an anti-counterfeit/trademark firm accused him of selling stolen goods.

“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.” Fei Lam

According to Lam, the business relationship with the Apple supplier came from a previous acquaintance with connections. “I knew a guy from a few years back that had somewhat of a relationship with folks in Foxconn” he told the Observer, while denying that the parts were stolen.

A direct connection with Apple is yet to be confirmed, and the company itself has not officially commented on Lam or other sites selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits. For his part, Lam intends to consult a lawyer and continue selling via his site.

[via Neowin]

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