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White iPhones Hit the Street — Sorta

 

You know, some of us around the Mac|Life staff have some pretty hefty student loans outstanding. If only there were some way to meet the steep cost of . Hey, I know, let’s sell white iPhones! Sound crazy? It isn’t.

Because that’s apparently the plan of a teen from New York according to the New York Observer. Budding gadget geek and aspirant, Fei Lam, has figured out how to tap into fan enthusiasm for the long-awaited, maybe never to be seen white iPhone 4. With a love of tech and a friend who knew someone at Foxconn, Lam was able to buy white iPhone 4 parts from overseas and turn those around to buyers elsewhere. Perhaps the mysteriously spotted white iPhone 4 in New York was really from here? 

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At first, he reports he lost money, having parts shipped to him at home, where he’d repackage them as a conversion kit that would turn your regular black iPhone 4 into a white one. Then he figured out how to get the parts to ship directly to the buyers, using himself as the transactional middleman. TechCrunch, CNET, and CNN jumped on the story and he banked a cool 0,000. A nice chunk of change for that degree, no?

But something this good couldn’t last forever, and that’s when Lam got a letter from a private investigator who is accusing him of selling stolen goods. Of course, the PI won’t say who he’s working for, but I think it’s a safe bet to guess that it rhymes with Schmoopertino. While Lam claims his parts aren’t stolen, he’s made a wise choice to contact a lawyer as well as keep his business running. 

Whether or not this turns out to be an illegal bust on stolen goods or just a trademark infringement we’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, if you’re at all desirous of a handset that eludes the masses, you can head on over to Lam’s site while it’s still up and running.

 

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No White iPhones Till Spring 2011 According To Apple

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(Image courtesy of CBS News)

So if you were hoping to get that special someone a white iPhone 4 for the holidays, unfortunately you’ll be a bit disappointed.  A new report has Apple saying that the white iPhone 4 may not be making an appearance until next spring, according to All Things Digital.

It was reported earlier that the the iPhone that always manages to allude us was part of an update to the Apple Store app.  But an Apple spokesperson dispelled any rumors.  “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until this spring.”

Originally the white iPhone 4 was to debut later this year, but now it would appear that won’t be the case.  The reason for the newest delay is currently unknown. 

Follow this article’s author, Matthew Tilmann on Twitter

 

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Podcast #162: Dual-Radio iPhones and Jailbreaking Goes Live… For Windows?

Apple is rumored to be working on an iPhone that will work on CDMA and GSM networks. Dual radio iPhone FTW!

Nic and Robbie wonder why Sprint never gets any iPhone rumor love and talk about the awesomeness of switching to any US carrier we want.

Battling hackers release jailbreaking apps and both of them are Windows only. Booo. We talk about the problems with the tools, warn users about jailbreaking and talk about the iPhone Dev Team.

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