I wonder what the roaming charges were for British mountaineer Bob Baber when he called his wife from the top of Mount Everest and set a new world record.

I agree with Neville that it was a very impressive piece of marketing by sponsors Motorola.

Bob had little time to phone home as 15 minutes is the maximum time usually spent at the summit. Making the call was was very risky because talking into the handset meant he had to remove his oxygen mask. Batteries for the Motorola handset were taped to his body to ensure they stayed at a high enough temperature to power the phone.

Actually, Bob left a voicemail message for his family and the headline is a little bit of journalistic licence.

It’s bizarre that Bob can get a signal on the highest mountain in the world while I always miss calls in my local supermarket because of the poor reception.