updated 12:50 pm EST, Fri November 19, 2010
Gray market said to be charging premium
Workers at Foxconn are not selling white casings and other iPhone parts, a spokesman with associated firm Hon Hai insists. The refutation was made through a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, as a response to claims that an American college student was able to tap connections at Foxconn to obtain white parts, then used to convert existing black iPhone 4s. Apple has so far failed to ship its own promised white iPhones, and is rumored to be abandoning the concept entirely.
Potentially contradicting Hon Hai is a new report, claiming that white iPhone 4s are being sold by "a number" of gray-market dealers in China. Prices are said to range between 5,500 and 8,000 yuan ($828 and $1,204) for a 16GB phone, and even higher for a 32GB model. One photo allegedly depicts a box for a white iPhone, with a label warning that the product is exclusively for internal company use.