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Cell Phone Service on Mt. Everest

From the Huffington Post:

KATMANDU, Nepal — You can’t get away from a cell phone call, even at the top of the world.

Thanks to 3G towers newly installed near Mount Everest’s base camp, explorers can surf the Web, tweet and post Facebook updates without worrying that their signals will disappear into thin air.

The new high-speed service, announced Friday by Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera, will allow mountaineers setting off to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain to access wireless Internet and make video calls to family, friends and supporters.

I would put this under the category of “not sure that this is a good thing.”

3 Comments

  1. It could be life saving. No?

    Monday, November 1, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  2. Charley wrote:

    How else are you supposed to check in at the peak of Mt. Everest on 4 Square?

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink
  3. Rob Godden wrote:

    Living in Kathmandu and using NCell I can tell you that they big-up their service but half the time you can’t send an sms or make a phone call as the system just doesn’t have the capacity. Basically, they suck. As for making a call at the top of Mt. Everest - I wonder if you can get a special Blackberry keyboard to cope with those big gloves?

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1:39 am | Permalink

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