For iPhone, iPod touch and Windows PCs, software turns devices into Wi-Fi homing Wi-Fi beacons, making meeting real people fun and easy.

"Why iFob? The world can be a stark, concrete-and-steel place. Maybe we go out because we want to be mildly entertained or to have our hair blown back and be able to say, 'Wow!' Maybe we want to meet each other, to share stories and more. iFob is more than just glowing screens and clicking key strokes. iFob is about the actual people who are in the same place as we are: right here, close by. In public hotspots the isolation gets so thick it chatters and hums: people sitting behind their computer screens not meeting -- typing email and chats, and clicking through profiles of virtual, distant people. iFob changes this. iFob only shows profiles of people who are so close that they can look up and smile at each other." -- Steve Saroff, co-founder of

iFob uses the built-in Wi-Fi communication of Apple iPhone, iPods and PCs, and turns these devices into homing beacons, broadcasting, or just listening, for other copies of iFob. Instead of logging onto a social networking site and searching through lists of far away strangers who may be living in virtual fantasy lands, iFob finds other people who are in the exact same location, at the exact same time, as each other. iFob cuts through the virtual loneliness that now cloaks the Net. In any public hotspot, iFob lights up and shows when anyone else with iFob walks in. Unlike social networking sites which require account creation and reviewed profiles and subscription fees, iFob is free, simple, fun and game-like. With iFob users can chat with each other, or just chose to broadcast a single line about who they are, something as simple as "Here to ski", and then change what they broadcast and share depending on the interaction from other iFob users. Unlike social networking sites such as Facebook or My Space, iFob only displays lists of iFob users who are actually in the same hotspots at the same time, meaning that iFob users who seem interesting will be close enough to look up and exchange smiles. iFob is designed to become an icebreaker to real conversations.

iFob software is a free download for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and is available as a low-cost purchase for PCs from

About iCloseBy manufactures the iFob™ line of software products for the Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch, Apple OSX and Windows PCs. iFob is Wi-Fi software which turns the iPhone, iPod Touch, and laptops into social networking "beacons" which let people meet each other in any public hotspot. By only showing connections which are so close by that they could look up and smile at each other, iFob brings reality back to social networking. iFob software is available as a free download for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and is available for purchase for PC and Mac laptops from the company web site
iCloseBy LLC. is located in Missoula, Montana.
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