Climbers get phone coverage on Everest

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everest-phones.jpgClimbers of Sagarmatha, Chomolungma, Qomolangma, Zhumulangma, or – as we call it in the West – Mount Everest, will soon be able to chat from the summit. Nepal Telecom is setting up four cell towers in Thakdin, Manjo, Pheriche and Gorak Shep.

You might know the latter because Nokia’s planning some crazy cricket game there. Normally climbers depend on satellite phones to keep in touch with base stations, but now your N95 should be able to perform the same job. It’s hoped that the work will be completed by mid-June.

Duncan Geere