Climbers 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.
File this one under ‘WTF’. Finnish phone manufacturer is planning the world’s highest cricket match, on the slopes of Everest. Two teams will trek nine days up the slopes of the world’s highest mountain to play a game of Twenty20 cricket.
Team ‘Hillary’ and team ‘Tenzig’ will converge on Gorakshep, a frozen lakebed at an altitude of 17,000ft, on the Queen’s birthday – 21st April. They’ll all be carrying Nokia N85s and N79s, which will track their location, heart rate and let them blog.
The whole endeavor is in aid of charities The Himalayan Trust UK and The Lord’s Taverners, and the teams hope to raise more than £250,000. On their way down again, they’ll be teaching cricket to kids in a village called Khumjung, and donating their kit. It’s unclear if sweaty jockstraps will be included in that donation. If you’d like to find out more, donate, or follow the team’s progress, then hit up www.theeveresttest.com.
Mobile phone coverage in your home might be difficult to achieve, but spare a thought for Rod Baber, who is attempting to set a world record by making the world's highest phone call – from the summit of Mount Everest….