PhoneArena interviews the biggest iPhone fanboy
Now, we can actually sense those clouds of doubt starting to gather around, swinging everyone into the direction of thinking this guy is just doing it for the fame, so what better way to have it all clear, than to hear it from the horse's mouth, we say? Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to bring you the naked truth about the interesting figure of Rob Shoesmith – is he the biggest iPhone fanboy the world has ever seen, or just an enterprising individual who wouldn't miss an opportunity when he sees it? Our interview with him will reveal all that, and more...
PhoneArena: Hey Rob, thanks for accepting this interview. We'd like to jump straight to the point and ask you to tell us a bit about how you came up with this whole idea of the iPhone 5 experiment. Why did you decide to camp in front of an Apple store for as long as three weeks, before the device is actually released? Won't a few days get the job done to ensure you'll be the one to get the first unit, or that's not what the experiment is about?
Rob: Firstly I’m a massive tech and Apple fan and love iPhone launches and work for a major app development company MEDL Mobile. There is such a buzz and excitement around them. As a company Apple has such a huge marketing and media influence I thought it would be cool to see if it would be possible to live indirectly off this influence from donations from other companies and see how far I could take the idea. The sheer volume of items donated will mean I will have to be camped out for some time so I can review all them.
PhoneArena: We know that a lot of companies and people out there have already responded, sending you lots of different stuff, which sure proves your idea to be working for now. Do you believe companies and individuals will continue to be interested during the course of the experiment, and what's really in it for them?
Rob: I think they will. I have a distribution company that will forward any items sent to my home address over to a personal assistant company My Life Style PA who will be helping me once I’ve set up camp. In terms of what’s in it for the companies helping me out it’s all about getting their name and products out to a large number of people. I expect to generate millions of page views and this will be great-targeted exposure for them. Companies know this hence the reason for their involvement.
Some of the items and services to have been donated so far include:
- Top London restaurants to deliver food to my tent.
- Personal trainer to keep me fit
- Belly dancer
- iPhone cake
- Free style soccer player to perform
- Live bands to perform
- Mobile laundry service to wash my dirty clothes for me
- Personal assistant company to run errands
- Loads of gadgets
- Camping equipment including a tent
If anyone would like to donate any items they can do so by getting in touch with me at email@example.com or sending me a tweet @shoesmith81.
PhoneArena: We guess that belly dancer will surely come in handy! Anyways, provided that everything goes according to plan, and you ultimately get your Apple iPhone 5 successfully, what will you be doing with all the goodies that remain? Are you going to take them home, or what?
Rob: The majority of the items donated will be auctioned off for charity. There are so many people worse off than I am and I feel its only fair for the items to go to a good cause.
PhoneArena: That's one very good cause indeed, Rob. So, tell us honestly – what's your main incentive here – being the first to buy the iPhone 5, or becoming very popular, for a very short amount of time? Is your company, MEDL Mobile backing you in some way?
Rob: It would be very cool if I was number 1 in getting my hands on the new iPhone but its not all about that. I work for an app developer MEDL Mobile and I’m sure I will make some new connections along the way. MEDL Mobile are happy for me to conduct the experiment as they are involved in the app development industry.
PhoneArena: What will you do after the three-week camping is over, are you getting back to your normal daily routines, or will be conceiving a new scheme to test your creativity and ingenuity – maybe for some other phone, or the iPad 3?
Rob: I have another experiment idea but not necessarily involving an Apple product launch as such. I’m still trying to formulate the idea in my head. The iPhone 5 experiment is the main focus at the minute so I haven’t had too much time to think further ahead. I think it’s important not to do the same thing twice.
I will be very keen to get back to my day job of marketing apps that my company MEDL Mobile have released and connecting with tech sites like yourselves.
There is a slight possibility of visiting a charity overseas to see where the proceeds of the charity money will be spent. I think that would be awesome!
PhoneArena: You bet! Thanks so much for your time, Rob. We wish you luck with the experiment!
1. ecml490 (unregistered) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:12 40 9
That guy needs to get a life!
134. jogutier posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:01 14 5
Proves the point that Apple people are nerds and not the cool ones. We are talking about the lonely, really creapy and you know the rest. LOL!
171. deejtothejay (unregistered) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 16:21 0 0
Ya an ilife! =p
195. andro. posted on 16 Sep 2011, 06:20 2 0
agreed this man is the pity of mankind,although most islaves are to be honest!
2. aztaxia12295 posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:12 38 4
There are a lot of homeless people just looking for quarters from people and this guy gets everything by camping outside an apple store for an iPhone? This is really pitiful...
32. shoesmith81 posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:42 4 3
Exactly. The money I raise from auctioning the products donated to me will go to charity.
46. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:19 6 13
then all the rich people should be ashamed for having money when there is hunger in the world?.... all the homelss people or at least most of them.. made a wrong choice in life and now well life makes you suffer just like we suffer when we make a mistake... and some choose to be homeless than to live in house and follow orders.. so wake up is 2011, ther are lots of shelters that will take care of you and the goverment will give you some foodstamps... we can offer help but thats up to us... really we are not force to feed them... i have to look out for my own family.. sorry for being direct...
104. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:27 9 4
i cant believe im saying this, but I agree with you 100%. If your homeless, its because you choose to be. There are dozens of help and outreach programs out there to get you off the street.
120. waveydavey (unregistered) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:42 7 3
This is misinformed balderdash. A huge number of homeless people suffer from afflictions like schizophrenia that prevent them from making healthy decisions that further self preservation. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
151. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:24 3 1
thats actually very true. You need to blame the politicians, aka the democrats, who thought it was inhumane to have these people institutionalized for life.. so they wrote a bill that set them all free (i think it was in the late 80s/early 90s actually) but they didnt think past opening the doors. Like typical politicians, they made a bill that sounded grand and made life for these people worse.
I wasnt talking about them though. They are a decent percentage, but the bulk of the people are not mentally ill. THOSE people chose to live in the streets.
Sorry, I should have clarified better.
192. lolz (unregistered) posted on 16 Sep 2011, 01:23 1 0
when civilians start talking about politics, oh so well informed...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
198. remixfa posted on 16 Sep 2011, 13:12 0 0
why dont u research it and tell me if im off the mark.
113. Mobile-X-Pert posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:33 4 0
I understand what you're saying gallito but you have to keep in mind that there are countries where they don't even have shelters, like Africa for example, and many other third world countries. ....Don't tell me that they made the wrong choice when they did not even have the chance to make one, their parents were probably working as slaves or didn't have money to send their kids to shcools. So what you just posted just proves how ''closed-minded'' you are, try to read some books, fill you head with knwolodge. Being a wise man is much more important to me than having a lot of money.
135. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:02 2 1
i was keeping in in the US. of course in other countries women dont even have rights but we can be the world police. hunger suffering will always excist ... thats why we should be allowed to do our thing.. no matter how crazy it is.. people here in PA want to have the latest gadget all the time.. but do they really need them...?... there is people with no cellphones and people here will pay retail for the latest phone? ... and nobody says anything... same thing.. with this dude... and last is not about money.... or being closed minded... is about reality.. the world we live in... books dont educate you more than life itself... dont read.. live...
152. Whateverman posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:25 4 0
I really can't believe you guys could be so heartless. To think that homeless people are mostly there because of disc ions they have made is just very narrow-minded. You can believe all you want that it's their own fault, but why does that mean they shouldn't receive the same kind of donations as this well-to-do app developer who LEFT HIS JOB, just to get a phone? Why are the rich quicker to finance stupidity, than they are to help the down and out?
Most peope don't choose to be poor or homeless! It can sometimes just be a perfect storm of unfortunate incedents in a persons life that lead to the inability to provide for themselves. Why view this person less-worthy, then this guy who is just camping out to get a cell phone. And you the f**k should anyone care that he does't want to spend any of his own money to finance this stupid "experiment".
This guy has the means to provide for himself during this "experiement", so let him provide for himself. These companies should donate the food and products they planned for this guy, to someone who could really use it. Sometimes a helping hand is all some people need to get out of their situation. And for you guys to place judgements on people based soley on the fact that they are homeless, says more about YOU than them.
155. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:30 3 1
I've lived in my car for an entire xmas season with a poor german shepard i adopted that was homeless and bruised up not a few weeks before I became homeless myself. I know what it is to be homeless.
There are hundreds of millions a year of tax money poured into outreach, bedding, medical, feeding, and job placement centers for the homeless. Every city has them. The non mentally ill ones choose that path. They choose drugs and alchohol over food and shelter because you have to be clean to stay in a shelter. Thats the reality of it.
If we had a system that instead of spending billions in a "war on drugs" that we can never win, and put 1/10th of that money on "treatment and prevention", that would help many homeless (as well as normal folks of course).
Its a harsh reality and a harsh world.
153. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:25 2 0
how about read AND live.. that way you know what it is your experiencing. lol.
164. Whateverman posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:29 1 0
I've lived in my car as well! I worked for Motorola for five years and had just bought a home when I was fired. I had to give up my pets because I couldn't feed them. And when I couldn't find enough jobS to pay my mortgage and car note, I too became HOMELESS! In Chicago, where it can get just as cold in the winter as anyplace else. I got on my feet with help from no one, got a job. Made good money, until my doctor told me I had CVI and tarsal tunnel syndrome, which left me with a HUGE leg wound which took over a year to heal. So as you can imagine, my good paying job was a distant memory, right along with my health insurance! And in Illinois, you must be "able and available for work" as a condition to collect unemployment, and getting social security to help was a waste of time. So guess what happens next? You guessed it buddy, I was homeless AGAIN! Which was even worse because now I can't even walk! Never had I seen so much rejection in my life, than when I was unemployed. Some places formed to help the homeless would only help if you had a record, or were on drugs. So I had no choice but to get out of my situation on my own, which I am proud to say I was able to do.
There are some who have endured much more than you or I could ever imagine, and again, it may not have been their choice. All i'm saying is where is the compassion for your fellow man?
168. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:47 2 0
my life experiences have left me with compassion for my friends and close family, and not much else. I care and help people in my immediate little life bubble. Dont get me wrong, I have plenty of compassion but I'm not a bleeding heart giving it away to just anyone. I came from a bad family background was on the streets at 15. I made something of myself. I expect others to do the same. Life is choice. If your life is messed up because of the choices you make, you get no sympathy. I may help guide you to something better if you ask for genuine help, but dont expect me to cry with you. Its not how it works. Natural medical conditions and accidents are another story.
169. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:48 1 0
now lets get off this "sad personal story" nonsense and get back to throwing rotten fruit at eachother :)
4. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:18 14 6
This is a huge Apple PR & marketing ploy. Apple does know how to market their products though. They just needed an iSheep to do that. We all know he could have pre-ordered the phone & not subjected himself to that but I guess Apple needs to make this kind of news to try to keep up with Android's worldwide dominance. lol It’s all fake & we all know it! He is not a fan, he is on Apple’s payroll! lol
12. ayephoner posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:43 6 2
i think its the dev's company looking for the attention.
anything like this and you guys look to pin it on apple. im sure apple has resorted to similar stuff, but as little publicity as this will gain, they dont care about this. not one bit.
18. joaolx posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:50 3 9
That's just stupid to say. I don't think is payed by Apple. You android fans don't see anything but android. Then i guess you don't believe that there are people crazy enough to do this. iSheeps? you guys are so funny and stupid to think that Apple fans are "controlled". Everyone has the right to choose what they want. If they want the iPhone, ok. If they want an Android phone, ok. they have the right to choose. Like Steve Jobs said: "The consumers are voting and the iPhone is winning".
22. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:08 3 5
It's not stupid one bit. You don't think Apple is paying him, well I think he is. The ONLY fact here is that WE don't know. So we are all just speculating & that is it. My opinion is my own just like your opinion is yours. You don't hear me saying that your opinion is stupid to say. So let's not go there. Only an iSheep would do that. We all know this phone can be pre-ordered. This is needless & that is why I think Apple is paying him to do this. AGAIN that is my opinion!
45. joaolx posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:01 2 1
You're saying that i'm an iSheep you're wrong as well as saying there are iSheeps. There are only people who like Android and Apple and other stuff.
65. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:45 3 1
No not you joaolx, I was calling Rob the man who is doing that for no reason what so ever, unless he is getting paid the iSheep! Who is supporting him during this time? It's not like he has months of vacation time. I wish I had months of vacation time. With my seniority I only get 40 days, not 2 months worth. Sorry I wasn’t clear, I was not calling you an iSheep!
25. darth8ball posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:33 3 2
I must agree while I doubt he is "payed" by Apple he is probably looking for his 15 minutes of fame and to be called the world's biggest fanboy.
33. shoesmith81 posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:43 4 4
I don't work for Apple. I work for an app developer.
42. darth8ball posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:54 2 3
Egomaniac following this story on PA,
64. taco50 (banned) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:45 3 8
You're a loser darthball. This guy is very smart in marketing himself and his company. He's doing something while you troll on PA. Ignore most of the comments shoesmith81. This website is infested with android fanboys who hate anything Apple and yet comment on ALL their articles.
76. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:55 5 3
shoesmith81 don't listen to taco50, he is a child in high school. By the way he talks you will know this. He constantly calls people "loser" or that people get "owned" just like kids do in a high school cafeteria. Just read his post & make your own inference. He is by far the biggest instigator on this site. We all have our opinions & that is why we come to PhoneArena.com to blog. taco50 just needs to stop getting so emotional about the subject matter we all blog about. It’s not life & death, you need to take things so personal that you need to say people are “losers” or that people get “owned”, because all you do is belittle yourself & show your true age taco50.
83. taco50 (banned) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:03 3 7
Why not call darthball out on the insult he threw at shoesmith? You sound like a hypocrite as usual. Also I wouldn't bring up writing style considering you cap everying and end most of your sentences with exclamation marks.
Also aren't you the guy that brings up his dad in arguments?
136. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:07 4 2
I bring up my Father because he has a lot of insider information & is in the business. When I bring him up it's because it's relevant. I wasn’t talking about darth8ball I was talking about you because you have insulted more people on this site then you ever have in real life, because you would get your butt handed to you in your high school cafeteria. darth8ball might insult people, but not nearly as frequent as you do! Also this is a blogging site I was not aware you were my English teacher. Wow you can’t get out of the high school mode huh? Or is it that you are posting during class? taco50 your studies are the most important thing you will ever do, please while in class learn not blog from your iToy 4.
203. jherz6 posted on 17 Sep 2011, 12:40 1 0
I AM a android fan to be sure. When the iphone 4 came out on verizon I went to check it out I had wanted one but I like a lot of others were not willing to switch to AT&T. I was extemely disappointed. The ui, software, speed, had not changed at all since the 3g, at least not to me. The only change to me was a front facing camera and shape. They are controlled. Lets talk about apps, android is open source, apple apps have to be approved by apple. Now with the iphone 5 about to hit the street rumors are the the shape is going to be retro, and no other significant changes. When I get a new phone I am looking to get better more improved device, where for the most part with each version of the iphone your getting the same phone over and over again. What did you expect Steve to do, admit Apple was getting there but kicked? In order for Apple to compete the need to grow ad change with times, instead of living off of past sucesses.
5. SpanishDeveloper posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:23 7 7
All of this is pure marketing made by Apple itself. This guy is being paid by Apple to do this.
183. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 20:51 5 0
has anyone from apple contacted you since you started this? wished you well? sent you an ipad or a case or something?
6. ilia1986 posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:23 6 4
So.. this is the iSheep Overlord? He probably commands all the other iSheep in the world via a neural link. I wonder how close he is to the iSheep homeworld - the Apple HQ.
37. taco50 (banned) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:46 3 6
Its funny that you call other people sheep when you got an iPhone because you wanted to customize lmao. How dumb do you have to be.
48. Sniggly posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:20 6 2
Knowing your track record for getting the facts completely wrong, I doubt that ilia ever said that.
49. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:21 2 2
she just need to stop watching too much Star Wars and go into cell phone rehab....
57. Sniggly posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:32 4 3
Your comment made no sense. Who are you talking about? What does Star Wars have to do with anything?
60. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:37 3 2
Sniggly please catch up... is ilia ,..she always talks about Apple and the evil empire how they supposed to rott... and stuff.. to much tv.. in my opinion...
62. Sniggly posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:41 6 2
First, are you sure that ilia is a girl? Second, I like Star Wars, as well as Firefly, Stargate, Lord of the Rings, etc., so I wouldn't go knocking those shows/movies. Third, if you're allowed to be an elitist douche with every condescending post, then ilia is allowed to make evil empire comparisons.
66. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:46 3 3
ok we cal u sniggly . honestly i dont know what that is other than a softener... so we call people depending on their alias.... I can knock any sho i want.. because i can... simple... and yes I put myself outhere for comments and so does she... back to square one..arent we?...
68. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:47 2 2
"with every condescending post" this made me laugh
73. Sniggly posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:53 2 2
Yeah, you're allowed to pick on him/her, in a sense, but my point is that you have nothing to pick on. I don't think anyone here actually thinks that Apple *is* an evil empire. We just liken it to one because it's funny (and because there are valid comparisons which can be made).
80. gallitoking posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:00 1 2
then why you take my comments soo seriosly..??.. soo only Fandroids can be funny but not me or the Miz?... wow.. fail sniggly
188. Thump3rDX17 posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:25 3 0
no offence to you gallitoking but most of the Apple trolls here are really stupid. i'm sure even you get annoyed with Miz and taco.
112. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:32 5 1
i actually envision steve jobs as a cross between scrooge mcduck, Dr. Claw, and gargamel.. lol
kackling as he swims through his money.. lol
2 of 3 of those characters had cats.. i wonder if SJ is a cat person :)
67. taco50 (banned) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:46 3 7
My track record is excellent if you care about facts.
74. Sniggly posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:53 5 2
No it isn't.
114. remixfa posted on 15 Sep 2011, 12:34 8 1
taco is right
his record is excellent if u base it on facts
he excels at being WRONG. ;)
137. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:10 4 1
remixfa I just fell out of my seat! LMAO!