July 19, 2011
Apple hasn’t even revealed a new iPhone, let alone announced a release date, but that hasn’t stopped one would-be buyer from already standing in line for the new handset. Rob Shoesmith, 29, is doing just that, and getting a lot of free handouts too, according to UK Metro. Apple fans and long lines go hand-in-hand, but what Shoesmith is doing has to be a first. The former refuse collector is stationed outside the Covent Garden Apple Retail Store in London to be the very first to purchase an iDevice that hasn't even been announced. In the process, he has been given everything from “scented candles and aftershave to use of a £20,000 Chevrolet car, £800 worth of outdoor gear and food from top restaurants.” In total, he has received nearly £40,000-worth of freebies, or $64,000. Shoesmith’s journey, however, is actually one of the duties of his new job as a marketing executive for Medl Mobile, which makes iPhone apps. As such, the stunt (and yes, that is what it is) will help him “build contacts with the thousands of companies he has emailed for free goods.”
“People might look at this and say that I’m being greedy but I want to prove that it can be done in the most over-the-top way.”Once his new iPhone is in hand, Shoesmith plans to donate any reusable items to charity. The next-generation iPhone is expected to launch sometime in September, according to numerous rumors. When released it is expected to be called the iPhone 5. What do you think? Leave your comments below.