Ain't No Mountain High Enough For Phone Service

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A Nepali telecom firm plans to expand its mobile phone services to the top of Mount Everest. That means climbers can now make calls from the world's highest mountain. The service should be ready to use by July.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. As irritating as other people yakking on cell phones can be, you won't be safe from it even at the top of the world now that Nepal Telecom plans to offer cell phone service at the summit of Mount Everest. Currently, climbers use satellite phones, but as of July, Nepal's phone company says climbers will be able to announce their success more quickly on their cells, though with ferocious winds at the top, expect a lot more of can you hear me now? Now?

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