First Tweet from atop Everest courtesy of the Galaxy S II

Kenton Cool recently became the first person ever to tweet from the top of Mount Everest. The British mountaineer sent both a tweet and made a 3G call via the relatively new 3G enabled phone mast, which had been installed at Everest base camp in October 2010.

Nepali mobile carrier Ncell set up the mast, which Cool said provided "weak" 3G signal, but else what can you expect when you're over 29,000 feet up? The act of climbing Everest is, in itself an impressive feat, one that Cool is no stranger to. Kenton has climbed Everest 8 times previously but said, "Iíve climbed Everest before but have never been able to share the exhilaration and excitement I experience when I reach the top with those back home" speaking of his experiences this time around.

The whole affair was actually a rare opportunity for an impressive marketing ploy from Samsung UK. The call Kenton made, and the tweet he posted were done so on a Samsung Galaxy S II and were designed to promote just how great the handset is. Kenton even spent a little time at base camp unboxing his S II before the final push. Take a look:

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First Tweet from atop Everest courtesy of the Galaxy S II - reader comments

  • san89

he also called gis wife fron sgs2 http://youtu.be/JJFqRcvq3rw

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  • 2011-05-12 15:35
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  • Yani

"The call Kenton made, and the tweet he posted were done so on a Samsung Galaxy S II and were designed to promote just how great the handset is." Yes, yes, right in my face and all the other Android users that do not have a SGS2. I see Sa...

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  • 2011-05-12 15:12
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  • zima

Not only it's hard to believe that no other (non-hyped) mountaineer has tried such twittering (nvm that any random phone would work); also one quick Google search makes the issue clear on the first page of results (despite all the noise from how virt...

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  • 2011-05-11 17:56
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