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Cell phone service coming to Mt. Everest
This summer Nepal Telecom will be rolling out cell phone service on the top of Mt. Everest. We've officially run out of places to "get away from it all".
Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM
There's a universal gripe, little known to the outside world, among top elite alpine climbers -- the cell reception on the top of Mount Everest is terrible. Texas dentists and New Jersey insurance salesmen who shell out upwards of $100k to get hauled up the world's tallest mountain by professional guides expect a level of cell phone service that just hasn't been getting met.
Do you know how embarrassing it is having to talk to your trophy wife over a satellite phone relayed through a radio in basecamp? Or think of the young climber eager to make a mark for himself in the world of corporate sponsorship -- without a good strong cell phone signal, he can't call up the CEO of Oakley to thank them again for the free goggles.
What kind of phone do you bring to Everest? I can't see the iPhone doing well there.
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