Man camping in front of an Apple store awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5

Man camping in front of an Apple store awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5
That the next iPhone is the most eagerly awaited smartphone right now is a statement that many of you would probably agree with. However, what extremes could one possibly go to in order to get their hands on one before anybody else thus proving their nerdiness?

To Rob Shoesmith, witnessing the arrival of the iPhone 5 seems to be the most important thing in the World right now as he is camping in front of the Covent Garden Apple store in London already. Is he just another iObsessed geek with no life of his own? Well, in reality, that might not be the case as Rob works in the marketing department at Medl Mobile – an iOS software development studio.

He calls his stunt a “marketing and PR experiment” and is sharing the experience with the World by blogging and tweeting all about it. There is a catch, however, as Rob is not allowed to spend any money on anything he takes with him. Luckily, many companies such as Skype, Domino's Pizza, Cadbury, Mountain Dew, Kenneth Cole, Weight Watchers and Gillette have shown interest in sponsoring the experiment and have provided Mr. Shoesmith with snacks, drinks and all sorts of other goodies.

So, how much more will Rob have to live in his tent for? If the rumors are to be believed, the next iPhone will be announced officially in September the earliest, yet the smartphone is not likely to land in London earlier than October of this year. Until then, those who wish to keep an eye on the PR stunt can follow Rob on Twitter or check out his blog.

source: Los Angeles Times

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148 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Oh boy, another religous apple iSheep fanatic. Imagine if people would stay in tents a few months to wait for a new Anrdoid or bada phone...

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha that would never happen because android would have to come out with a decent phone.

31. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

taco, please quit being so silly. You know damn well that there are plenty of good Android phones. Many are better than the iphone in various real world tests and in specs. Most people who are Android enthusiasts, WebOS enthusiasts, Windows Phone 7 enthusiasts, etc. can appreciate that Apply does have some impressive specs and features to the iPhone, why can iSheep not admit that there are other good quality phones besides the almighty?

45. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

*Apple, not Apply

49. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

you forgot to mention bada enthusiasts like me : )

80. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes they are better... way better than the iphone 4 . but they get outdated by 6 months... thats why an android fan will never stay on a tent waiting for the SGII... prove me wrong... show where a android fan wil out fo their way for bragging right to having the true hottest phone coming...iphone5...

34. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Or maybe Android users are just not as dumb as iPhone users?

84. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they are .. u know why.. because android user get all up in arms in excitement when a phone comes out... and a month later,. another comes out.. and another... Android feeds you a new phoen every month and you guys get excited everytime... all the T-bolts fans ???? Optimus black???..... thats what I thought

127. AndroidtopsApple

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

@gallitoking.. I see you writing in every post and all you have is negative posts.. Do you know how to think in other ways? I am a Android user myself, but I also dont write negatively like you do about other platforms.

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

taco50 there are people who will have the iPhone 5 when it comes out & they won't need to stay in a tent for 2 months. This is just a stupid stunt probably masterminded by Shepherd Steve Jobs. You are mad because this guy is a bigger iSheep than you. lol You would have been a great candidate because you are rich boy & it would show your iSheep religious devotion to the Shepherd & the iPhone 5 right? Man it must be eating you up from the inside out huh? Wow someone who is a bigger iSheep than taco50!

48. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Well Samsung have some very good phones with bada. The Samsung Wave s8500 is over a year old and has about the same specs as that of the Iphone 4 (exept a 0.2 inch smaller screen, and 800 x 480 pixles instead of retina display, though the Wave has a superamoled screen giving loads better colors thant the retina display). The wave has a better proccessor though, and better OS ; )

56. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

peterl, i strongly suggest you look at the SGS2, its better than le Wave

65. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I have looked at SGS2. It is nice, but i like bada better than Android. I know the SGS2 has better specifications than the Wave, but it is rumored that the upcoming Wave 3 will have SGS2 specifications. Im waiting for that phone (and the Nokia N9 of course)

58. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Taco, I'm going to start keeping track of all the times you post first with a stupid anti-Android post so I can show you how full of s**t you are about simply defending against Apple bashers.

64. Heatfan316 unregistered

This is a man with no f**king life just like taco. Experiment my ass, what a crapple fag.

78. justj unregistered

Grow UP!!!! No need to use STUPID, HURTFUL, words like Fag!! THIS does however sdeem common among you idiots, and youngsters who act like phones and tech gadgets are going to further your life in some way?!? They are phones, pieces of electronics! I wish all of the time and effort you people put into this garbage could be used to help homeless people, or homeless animals, ANYTHING!!!

131. justj unregistered

as expected, You are such an IDIOT, you don't even know how to spell, FAGGOT, and that is very funny, me, a hippie!!!! yes, you are such a person of interest!! WATCH YOUR BACK.....................

125. Heatfan316 unregistered

Who said I was insulting homosexuals, crapple fag is a term I use, in no way intended to insult homosexuals, know what your talking about before you post, tree hugger.

106. snaggly

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Yes definitely a crapple f3g!!. I love my android brothers. we're so mature and if3gs are immature little kids!

112. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

f3g? feg? eh? Didn't I tell you that if you're going to parody me you shouldn't be a canary d**k? I think I deserve satire that more closely reflects my actual viewpoints.

134. justj unregistered

I own a f**king SSGS2 you TOTAL morons!!!! and yes that is the problem, people who want a better world, and not just stupid tech s**t, GROW UP!

136. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hey justj, "snaggly" is a boring fool who's just trying to make fun of me. I'm sorry that he's bothering you.

26. Syksyd

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

This guy is the most retarted dumb ass alive...who the hell waits that long outside a store for a fukn phone...get a life man.....idiot

77. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Took the words right out of my mouth. I remember dude's camping a night to get the new Air Jordan's when they came out, and at the time, a night seemed ludicrous. But two months (if it actually comes out then)? GTFO. This clearly is a publicity stunt. Somebody let this guy know he wasted his fifteen minutes on this, and it was only once-in-a-lifetime.

74. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think this person just want to get more attention from other...

91. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Apple's marketing ftw......

2. realist unregistered

Sad...

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I agree, you don't see people camping out here 2 months before the release of EVO 3D or the Droid Bionic.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The camper has too much time on his hands. It would be nice if everyone had that much time to spend camping out at an Apple store. I wonder if he will maintain his vigil if the release slips to October (no Golden Master of iOS 5 has been pushed to the beta testing community as yet)?

5. Krishaun27 unregistered

What a dumbass!

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