If you haven't heard, 17-year old Fei Lam made some connections at Foxconn (Apple's Chinese iPhone manufacturer), and was able to buy a bunch of the yet-unreleased white iPhone 4 faceplates/backplates off them. Fei has been selling them on his website whiteiphonefournow.com for several months (and $279), but now some trademark lawyer finally heard it through the
grapevine orchard and is getting all bitter about it. Granny Smithin' it, if you will.
"I'm very thankful, cause for months I was struggling for an idea that would bootstrap my first startup and help pay for college," says Lam, who hopes to attend NYU and study computer science or business.
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."
Lam intends to contact a lawyer and has no plans to take his site down or change his business....He can take heart in the fact that Steve Jobs, along with his partner Steve Wozniak, helped to fund their first business selling "Blue Boxes" that let users make illegal long distance telephone calls.
You know, I was on Fei's side the whole time until I realized I'd overlooked one veeeery crucial detail. $279 for a white faceplate and backplate?!?! That's highway robbery and ought to be illegal! *banging gavel* SOLITARY CONFINEMENT!!
Thanks to R-Storm X and Sally from the Valley, who just painted their black iPhones with White-Out and saved $277. See? That's exactly the kind of ingenuity I expect from you Geekologie Readers.