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Court: Violent Snatching of iPhone was Temporary Taking Not Theft

iStock/Thinktock/Apple, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- An appellate court in Contra Costa County, Calif., has discovered a previously unknown pastime: cellphone joyriding.

It involves a stranger taking violent possession of an owner's phone against the owner's will, but the court has found that this isn't theft. It's "temporary taking."

The facts of the case, according to the appellate court's decision, filed Sept. 26, are these: "On December 20, 2010, Matthew Cardoza was standing outside the hospital where he worked, taking a 10 minute break. He was using his new Apple iPhone 4 cell phone to exchange text messages with his fiancee."

He had just hit "send" on his last text when a stranger approached him and said, according to the court filing, "Hey, man, let me get that phone."

The stranger took the phone out of Cardoza's hands and made off with it. Cardoza gave chase, grabbed the man by the back of his shirt, and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the stranger yelled, "Give me the phone, give me the phone. I'll hurt you. Give me the phone." He punched Cardoza in the head several times.

Cardoza got the phone back, after which the man said, "I'll pay you, I'll pay you. I just want the phone." Cardoza told the man he didn't want his money and asked him please to leave him alone.  

The violent stranger was Kurt Carr, who prior to the incident, had a fight with the mother of his fiancee, according to the filing.

"He felt he had to call his fiancee immediately to tell her about his fight with her mother," according to court papers. Carr went looking for a phone, and saw Cardoza on his new iPhone. He then asked Cardoza multiple times for the phone, according to the filing, following which, there was the struggle.

The court found that in order to prove theft, the prosecution would had have to have shown that "[Carr] intended to deprive [Cardoza] of [the phone] permanently or to remove it from [Cardoza's] possession for so extended a period of time that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the value or enjoyment of the property."

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Sprint to Start Selling iPhones in October?

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. will reportedly become the latest wireless provider to carry Apple's iPhones, joining the ranks of AT&T and Verizon.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal says the iPhone will be available to Sprint customers come mid-October.  The nation's third largest wireless carrier will get to sell the iPhone 4 -- Apple's current model -- and the new version of the cellphone, the iPhone 5.

AT&T and Verizon will also begin selling the iPhone 5 at the same time, two people with knowledge on the matter told the newspaper.

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Apple's White iPhone 4 Now Available

Courtesy of Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- The white counterpart to Apple's iPhone 4 hit store shelves Thursday, almost a year after its black predecessor went on sale.

The new white phone is exactly like the black model, only differing in color.  It was originally expected to be released last summer, but its production proved to be more challenging than anticipated, according to Apple.

The white iPhone 4 is being sold for $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model.  These prices apply with a two-year agreement.

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iPhone 4 Frenzy: Apple Confirms Thursday Release

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The newest incarnation of Apple's iPhone 4 arrives in stores Thursday, nearly a year after the original black iPhone 4 went on sale.

This new white phone will be exactly the same as its black counterpart, except for its sleek white exterior.

Originally expected to be released last summer, Apple has said that the white phone was more challenging to produce than originally expected.

The new white iPhone for will be available for $199 or $299 depending on the model.

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Verizon Posts Record Sales for iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

Photo Courtesy - Verizon Wireless(BASKING RIDGE, N.J.) -- Verizon Wireless announced Friday its pre-order sales of the iPhone 4 marked the "most successful first day sales in the history of the company."

Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless, said, "In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history.  And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story.  It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer -- designed to reward them for their loyalty."

The iPhone 4 was made available for pre-orders on Thursday starting at 3 a.m.  The company set aside a limited amount of the phones exclusively for its existing customers.  Verizon said that by 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, online orders were ceased.

The general public will be able to purchase the iPhone 4 from Verizon on Feb. 10.

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Verizon Offers Customers Pre-Order of iPhone 4

Photo Courtesy - Verizon Wireless(BASKING RIDGE, N.J.) -- Some Verizon customers will have the opportunity to get their hands on an iPhone 4 before the wireless provider offers the smart phone to the general public.

Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday it would allow its customers to pre-order the phone starting Feb. 3 at 3 a.m. EST.  The company has set aside a limited amount of iPhone 4s available exclusively to its existing customers.  Those who pre-order the phone will receive it on or before Feb. 10 -- the date when the phone becomes available to everyone.

The iPhone 4 will cost $199.99 for the 16 GB model and $299.99 for the 32 GB model with a new two-year contract.  Those interested in pre-ordering the phone can visit on Thursday.

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