First video call to be made from summit of Mount Everest on a HTC One

History will be made this spring, as the very first smartphone video call will be placed from the summit of Mount Everest, 8,848m above sea level. The call will be made by British explorer Daniel Hughes, who's travelling to the top of Everest in the hopes of raising £1m GBP ($1.51m USD / €1.17m EUR) for charity. 

Daniel will begin his journey from Everest base camp in mid-April, and is expected to reach the summit by the middle of May. When he gets there, he hopes to speak live on BBC News via a video call made on a HTC One handset, connecting via Broadband Global Area Network satellite technology from Inmarsat. The technology will also help his journey to be a "fully interactive experience", as Daniel puts it, with regular web-chats, photo and video updates and live tracking of his journey up the world's tallest mountain.

He hopes that the expedition will enable him to raise a million £1 donations for Comic Relief, a major UK charity whose mission is "to drive positive change through the power of entertainment", and which works extensively with supporting children and vulnerable people across the UK and around the world. The highlight of Comic Relief's fundraising efforts is the huge biennial 'Red Nose Day' telethon, broadcast on the BBC's flagship UK TV channel; last week, the telethon raised a record £75.1m on the night, a fitting way to mark the event's 25th anniversary. 

Daniel plans to place a Red Nose at the top of Everest, and despite temperatures of -35C, both he and HTC - one of the major sponsors of his expedition - will be hoping that the technology behind his efforts can cope with the brutal cold that he'll encounter during his ascent.

Phil Blair, head of HTC UK & Ireland, said: "As you can imagine, this will be one of the toughest tests conceivable for our handsets. They will have to cope with below-freezing temperatures, changes in atmospheric pressure and more. However, we're sure they can and will step up to the challenge. We'll be waiting with baited breath as he reaches the summit!

You can follow Daniel's progress and make a donation at www.everestmillion.com

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watkinsx2 said,
Can't see the battery lasting too long at -35!

Wrong! It would LAST a lot longer then at room temp however the chemical reactions will take longer to happen (not by much though) so the current draw is slower which can effect components like the processor and RAM stability.

nik louch said,
Any smartphone could do this, seeing as it's being re-routed through a satphone

I think its mainly the temperature and pressure changes that they are looking at really.

techbeck said,

I think its mainly the temperature and pressure changes that they are looking at really.

Many phones can already operate at these temperatures and altitudes there is nothing really special in the HTC One that enables it to do this better.

ingramator said,

Many phones can already operate at these temperatures and altitudes there is nothing really special in the HTC One that enables it to do this better.

You know that, I know that...does the general public know that? Probably not. This will be good marketing for HTC if all goes well.

ingramator said,

Many phones can already operate at these temperatures and altitudes there is nothing really special in the HTC One that enables it to do this better.

Well an iPhone 4 is rated til -20C so not as many phones are capable of withstanding -35 (or even rated for it) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2101

Neobond said,

Well an iPhone 4 is rated til -20C so not as many phones are capable of withstanding -35 (or even rated for it) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2101

Rated for and can with stand are completely different. Modern day processors love the cold and will not lock up until they are close to 0 kelvin (even then many will be able to operate at faster speeds with overclocking and heat generation from the threads) . The only component that may start going hazy is the display and touch digitisers but even then you'd have to start hitting -70 for you to see any real problems. As techbeck said this is only really a marketing ploy, any phone could do this but you wouldn't want to have your hand out at those temperatures so a super sensitive touchscreen would be recommended like those in the high end Lumia range.

ingramator said,
want to have your hand out at those temperatures so a super sensitive touchscreen would be recommended like those in the high end Lumia range.

Makes me wonder how the SGS4 would do...since you dont have to touch the screen and can use the touch while gloves are on.

techbeck said,

Makes me wonder how the SGS4 would do...since you dont have to touch the screen and can use the touch while gloves are on.

It would do a lot better then this HTC One!