Teen could face jail after selling “White iPhone 4 conversion kits”

A young wheeler and dealer faces trouble as he has been selling DIY conversion kits that can change your black iPhone 4 into the sought after white version.

Branded as a modern day Del Boy by Cnet, 17-year old New Yorker Fei Lam was responsible for setting up WhiteiPhone4Now. The young entrepreneur bought up spare, white iPhone 4 parts provided by a connection with Apple’s overseas supplier Foxconn, and ships them off to customers.

The conversion involves you voiding your warranty by taking the phone apart, and then simply sticking it all back together with the white iPhone 4 back panel, front panel and home button provided. The DIY kit costs around $300 (£189) and so far Lam has sold an estimated 500 kits. You can see the parts you get in the image above courtesy of Lam’s website WhiteiPhone4Now.com.

However this clever money maker has been spotted by authorities and they have sent the 17 year old a letter accusing him of selling stolen goods. Lam confirmed he had also been emailed by a private investigator and that he was threatened with a heavy fine and possibly even a jail sentence. The teen has laughed off the claims and maintains he has done nothing wrong and is thinking of seeking a lawyer.

This publicity will most likely boost sales and attention, as phone users everywhere are growing even more frustrated with Apple’s repeated promise break of the white iPhone 4. There is no sign of it on the Apple store and it has been postponed repeatedly. Maybe the fact that customers feel they are getting one over on Apple by possibly illegally obtaining the handset and for a better price is the driving factor behind Lam’s business.

What do you think of this story? Is it a clever kids idea and he should be allowed to get on with it, or is it a thief making money from stolen goods and he should be punished? Tell us what you think in the comments.

  • tristan

    I think apple has been cracking down on these guys because they are finally ready to release the white iPhone and for Verizon!!!You can check out the pics of the white iphone for verizon at goo.gl/pGS94