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A British climber has allegedly become the first person to Tweet, use Facebook and make a 3G phone call from atop Mount Everest today, raising the point that nowhere, not even the top of the effin' world, is safe from the reaches of cellphones and social networking. It was the ninth occasion the unlikely named Kenton Cool has …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    Whenever I don't want to be 'connected' ...

    ... I turn the phone off.

    No IT angle admittedly.

  2. GettinSadda
    WTF?

    Picture?

    "As well as making the first 3G phone call at the peak of the world's tallest mountain, Cool updated his Twitter and Facecrack status, and uploaded a picture for all to see."

    I cannot find the picture via his Twitter feed or on the publicly visible part of his Facebook page. So how would this be available "for all to see"?

  3. Lottie

    win

    I guess that guy wins the internet. I forsee a craze for extreme facebook updates now.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    lucky that ...

    ... he didn't have an iPhone!

    "The iPhone’s instruction manual states that the device is designed to operate at temperatures between 0 and 35 degrees celcius and that ‘low or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause iPhone to temporarily stop working properly.’"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      title

      I'd say the internet was already won by the ppl on the ISS for the most extreme status update ;)

    2. Daniel 1

      He has previous

      This is the same Kenton Cool that broadcast live on ITN news, for a week, during his ascent of the Eiger a few years ago.

    3. The Fuzzy Wotnot
      Happy

      Exactly!

      Russians in space and the pencil story! The simplest solutions, although not very hi-tech, are usually the most effective!

      1. Tom Wood

        Except...

        that the space pen thing isn't true.

        http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

      2. Liam Johnson

        Russians in space and the pencil story

        Unfortunately not true

        http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

  5. Skippy

    Can I have some?

    It's great to know that one of the hardest places to reach on earth has a good 3G connection, but I have to travel 30 miles to get one where I live.

  6. Jolyon

    Did he pay

    Peak rates or were they (snow) capped?

    I'm aware this is a slippery slope . . .

    Mine's the parka with the fur-trimmed hood.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Motorola did a call and SMS from there - 2008

    http://www.gsmmag.com/the-call-of-everest/

    Although admittedly using FB and Twitter on a Z8 would be a challenge...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Headmaster

    "the world's tallest mountain"

    Hmm... I believe that Mauna Kea is the "tallest" mountain, while Everest is the "highest".

    1. JasonW

      Twitter via SMS?

      Surely you could send a Twitter update on any device capable of sending an SMS... even an old Nokia 2110?

  9. Jamie Kitson
    Joke

    How do we know?

    He doesn't seem to have included the GPS position on the tweet, maybe so that burglars don't know he's away from home.

  10. Bilgepipe

    Signal

    The signal has been there for ages, he was just the first person sad enough to climb up there, switch his phone on and call up Twitter.

  11. teapot9999

    Not using O2 then

    I cannot get a decent O2 signal sitting 2 miles from Heathrow airport, so I guess this guy wasn't using an O2 network !

  12. Alan Jenney
    Flame

    Not O2 - Or Orange

    I cannot get a decent Orange GSM signal where I am, let alone 3G. And yet the tower (disguised as a fir tree) is quite visible from here. Mind you, it's the nearest one and the other networks are rather shabby, too.

  13. Shane McCarrick

    Another dead spot......

    I'd like to nominate my home as another venue for anyone who doesn't like to be bothered by cellphones. Its the ultimate signal deadspot- no tv or radio signals here either. I have to run my wireless network @ 80dBi to get coverage throughout the house- the whole area just seems to soak up signals (thankfully satellite and cable aren't affected). So- anyone looking for a cup of coffee in peace, give me a yell........

    1. Dan 10
      Happy

      Errr...

      How - you haven't got a signal?!

  14. SteveK

    Up and down

    I had a pretty solid phone signal 60-odd metres down a salt mine in Poland the other week, had data disabled due to extortionate roaming charges so couldn't tell whether I had 3G or not, but it was a darn sight better than I get in Oxford.

    1. MrT
      Pint

      And...

      ...easier parking as well.

  15. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Coat

    I hear it can get really crowded on the Everest summit....

    If you really want the peak to yourself, you can stream "Its Friday" on YouTube!

    Mine's the snowsuit with oxygen bottle and soundproof earmuffs....

  16. Fremma

    How did he get an SGS2?

    The SGS2 was launched last week - in the UK, South Korea and perhaps a few other less important countries and Mr Cool manages to buy one, spend the requisite two and a half days drooling over it and then cart it over to Nepal and nip up Mt Everest in his spare time?

    I am so jealous.

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