Skype Call Made Atop Mount Everest

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To raise money for a well known children’s charity, Comic Relief, Daniel Hughes set out to climb Mount Everest and make a Skype call from the highest point on Earth.  Daniel set the goal of being the first person to wear Comic Relief’s trademark red clown nose atop of Mount Everest and show it to the world via the highest-ever Skype Video Call. Satellite company Inmarsat and smartphone-maker HTC were the first to come aboard (HTC became Daniel’s lead sponsor).  Daniel explains, “It wasn’t just about making a Skype Video Call from the top of Everest. It was really about bringing people with me and letting them be part of the journey.”  Daniel titled his undertaking Everest Million and aimed to get a million individuals to each donate a single British Pound.  Daniel started the ascent of Everest – blogging and doing Skype calls the whole way. He says, “While all the other climbers were resting up for the next day, I was busy making Skype calls and trying to raise more money for charity.” Daniel reached the summit of Everest on Sunday, May 19th, put on a red clown nose and connected on a live Skype Video Call to BBC News via his Android mobile phone. At 8,848 meters above sea level, it is the highest Skype call on record.

Skype calls have been made from the International Space Station (ISS), but the is the highest Skype call from Earth.

Source: Skype Blog



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