While new technology like this will save lives, it will also bring in more people who's life needs saving. I was at the EBC in spring -85 when there were just 2 expeditions and no communication except runners to the nearest radio in Namche. During our 7 month trip to Nepal, Burma, Thailand, China and Tibet we made ONE phone call, and that was to our bank to sort out some money transfer problems. No blogs, no tweets, just 270 rolls of KC64Pro and poste restante to Kathmandu... Call me an old fart, but hiking the old 300 km Annapurna Circuit without seeing a phone or a wheel or power lines or hearing a combustion engine for 25 days was a joy that can not repeated anymore.
I have visited EBC a couple of times since -85, -09 was the last time, and there certainly is no real sense of adventure there anymore. I was even able to climb to camp I on Lho La pass on the west ridge route and live with the Denver expedition for a few days as a visitor. Just try to do that now!
Petrus, I really don't think that somebody could decide to climb those heights just because of 3G connection. Come on.
The base camp is always full of people, of food and communication. It's a base camp.
Climbing without detailed weather forecast over 8000 meters (base camp is """just""" 5500 mt) could be a suicide even for experienced ones. I won't call you old fart, ever, but don't be "against" for the sake of it.