International Law

Teen Imports 'White Phone' Parts from Apple Supplier, Earning $130K & Company Scrutiny


A Chinese-speaking high school student in New York hoped to put himself through college with the $130,000 he earned–since August–by selling parts for a do-it-yourself version of Apple’s “white phone” over the Internet.

But Fei Lam’s venture to sell a conversion kit to create the coveted white iPhone4 from an ordinary iPhone4 also attracted adverse attention from Apple, according to the New York Observer.

“I got an email from a private investigator accusing me of selling stolen goods, which I’m 100 percent sure is not the case,” he tells the publication. “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.”

Lam says he is unfamiliar with the legal system, but plans to consult a lawyer. He arranged to purchase parts for the white phone from an overseas supplier for Apple and have them shipped directly to his customers, the article explains.

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