Now You Can Surf the Web As You Climb Everest

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hellwig

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[citation][nom]Nakal[/nom]How long do Cell Phone batteries last in that kind of cold[/citation]
Let's just say they aren't using iPhones, that's for sure.

And before I get bashed by Apple iDiots, they probably aren't using any standard consumer phone either, this isn't a Android > iOS argument, but I suppose that still won't stop some of you.
 

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[citation][nom]Nakal[/nom]How long do Cell Phone batteries last in that kind of cold[/citation]

Batteries do quite well in the cold weather because molecules move more slowly. They actually retain their charge for a longer period of time. On the down side, they produce less electricity. So, rub your hands together and warm up that cell phone before you make a call.

LCDs don't do well in the cold though... so sorry, no touch screen phones.
 

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Oh well golly gee. We can have internet on Mt. Everest, but we get better service in our own country outside ANY major city and more then 5 miles from the nearest interstate freeway. I'll just start packing to move.
 

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Excellent. This voiced my number one concern over my excursion to climbing one of the most deadly peaks in the world; will I be able to tweet at 29000 feet?
 
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[citation][nom]festerovic[/nom]The last porn free spot in the world...conquered![/citation]
There is no internet connection when i go hike in the High Sierra's canyons, glaciers and summits. Preferred to be that way as i want to get out of the tech savvy world once in awhile.
 

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Now we're going to see a bunch of new international legislation proposals to prevent all the "texting while hiking" tragedies.

Damn kids.
 

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[citation][nom]hellwig[/nom]Let's just say they aren't using iPhones, that's for sure.And before I get bashed by Apple iDiots, they probably aren't using any standard consumer phone either, this isn't a Android > iOS argument, but I suppose that still won't stop some of you.[/citation]

Then wouldn't starting off without a fanboi rage starting comment be more mature? Hmm.

Anyway, I wonder if they use Iridium's like we have in the military, or if they have something completely different. The ones we use are tough as nails and waterproof, so I wonder how they handle cold. Other than that.. Like some people posted.. Kinda funny that Everest has 3G service while some urban areas have spotty or no service yet. Very funny.
 

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[citation][nom]uronacid[/nom]Batteries do quite well in the cold weather because molecules move more slowly. They actually retain their charge for a longer period of time. On the down side, they produce less electricity. So, rub your hands together and warm up that cell phone before you make a call. LCDs don't do well in the cold though... so sorry, no touch screen phones.[/citation]
I know my devices (lithium ion with a LCD, and a lithium polymer with a OLED) worked just fine in -30 Celsius, and apparently the average temperature on the peak of Everest is -36 Celsius,.
Not an ideal situation, but normal phones may work. :)
 

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I would advocate the use of such technology for emergency only. Despite being immersed in it (just like so many other readers on THG), there are times I just want to get away from it all and rely not on a bunch of transistors, but on my wits.

I want places to remain wild, untamed and natural - not trampled on by tourists, border hoppers, corporate interests (including loggers), cars, trucks..roads. No mobile phones buzzing away. Just wilderness.

I know my post is not strictly aimed at this article; it's more of general gripe at the way a lot of people seem so eager to 'develop' what little we have left of our wilderness areas. If we're too greedy and ignorant to care, and if we keep filling it with roads..concrete..houses..people and all their technology, then there will simply be no places left in which we can be inspired to dream and pass on what we have to the next generation.

Sometimes you just need to recharge your own batteries.
 

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[citation][nom]bustapr[/nom]YAY, now I can follow the abominable snowman on twitter...No wait, theres still no 3G in my area...[/citation]
The Abominable snowman IS on twitter!

Check out his facebook page too.
 
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