British explorer Daniel Hughes, make video call from the top of Everest using a HTC One. This is part of his effort to raise money for the Comic Relief charity. Although not the first time a phone has been used from the heights of Everest, it is however the first time a smartphone has been used.
Speaking to the BBC, Hughes said:
“As you can see, this is the world’s first live video call, never been done before, from the rooftop of the world.”
To complete the call, Hughes used Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network service, which has previously assisted other climbers in making phone calls from the mountain’s dramatic face. Despite the impressive effort, the stunt has so far raised just over £40,673 — leaving Hughes with yet another steep climb to his goal of raising £1,000,000 for Comic Relief.