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Did you know what is the world record for longest phone call?

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Did you know what is the world record for longest phone call?
Today, the average phone conversation last for just a few minutes, and looking at the way trends are developing, we can assume that phone calls are probably going to get even shorter over the coming years. But at the same time, there are still folks who love a healthy chat and can talk on the phone for hours. The people we're going to tell you about belong to the latter group. What's more, they're known to have set some of the lengthiest phone calls that the world has ever seen.

In 2012, Eric R. Brewster and Avery A. Leonard of Harvard University held a phone call for an amazing 46 hours, 12 minutes, 52 seconds, and 228 milliseconds. The two students were not allowed to stop talking for over 10 seconds, but were given the chance to muster their strength back with a 5-minute break for every hour spent on the phone. This was more than just an extraordinarily lengthy chit chat. It was a show - the debut performance art installation of a new students cooperative called the Harvard Generalist. People were allowed to observe the conversation and even interact with Eric and Avery, thus potentially inspiring new topics.

But a few years earlier, in 2009, Sunil Prabhakar went down in history with an even more impressive phone call record of 51 hours. However, he did not have a single call partner while setting the record. He started by calling Dr K. K. Agarwal, a renowned Cardiologist, who later passed the call onto others.

A feat recognized by the Guinness World Records took place in Riga, Latvia, where a phone conversation lasted for a whopping 56 hours and 4 minutes. This happened back in 2012 at an event organized by Tele2 communications and SponsorKing. The record was set by two teams, Kristaps Štãls paired with Patriks Zvaigzne and Leonids Romanovs participating together with Tatjana Fjodorova, who talked about anything from aquariums to social dynamics to mind power.

What is the longest phone call that you've ever had? Let us know down in the comments!

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posted on 22 Mar 2014, 15:35 3

1. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

The timeline doesn't make sense.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 15:42 1

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Yep, from 2012 to 2009 and back to 2012 again. Anyway my longest is probably 2 hours straight.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 15:51 7

4. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

mine was 10 hours ,,, first love that girl with sexy voice and pretty looks made me go on talking the following day for 9 hours

what is love.....?

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:21

7. hurrycanger (Posts: 1624; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

"pretty looks"
and you sat there talking to her on the phone 9 hours? What a waste, man.

Mine was only like 3-4 hours max with a girl at the other end of town. Not my first love and it wasn't a relationship, but it was sweet as he!l. I was in middle school back then, lol. Time sure went by fast...

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 21:19

19. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yeah mine was 12 hrs bored me to death knocked out after the first 15mins hahaha.. Funny thing wake answer hello.. Replies HI whoa cut that out really quick

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 15:49 4

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

a female, a women can go on and on and on talking,

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:25

32. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

way to be a chauvinist bud

posted on 08 Apr 2017, 10:58

36. aj2121 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Apr 2017)


posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:04 8

12. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Poorly written and organized article. Shifts timelines in odd order, and doesn't clearly state which is actually the record.

I've noticed with PhoneArena articles you can always just ignore the first paragraph, sometimes even two. They are usually just jibber jabber trying to fill and fluff the article to make it look longer.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 22:24

20. irfanil (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

haha, agreed! :)

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 10:05

29. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

I think it clearly shows the 3 or 4 longest calls,in order by length of calls. The last one listed is the record.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 15:59 1

5. ReaperChief (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I thought a conversation lasted a whole lot more.. If I put my mind to it I can make a conversation last longer than 2 days..

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:04 1

6. AnukulVcool (unregistered)

the urge to hold these type of uninspiring records makes me sad

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:36 6

8. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Taking an order while working at a pizza place from some stoned idiot that didn't knows his address or what he wanted, only to find out he wasn't even in our delivery area.

Longest 12 minutes of my life.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:50

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Longest phone call I've had was over seven hours a few years ago. I have yet to break that record, though I spent four and a half hours the other day with a friend haha.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:55

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

9 hours.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:17

13. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)

My longest is about 8-10 hours, but that would make my ears sweat. :)

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:20

14. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I've never had a call longer than 3 minutes

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:27

15. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Very stupid record. You might as well give the "most ridiculously stupid award" for the most retarded personality. Don't know what the conversation could have been or how constructive or productive such could have been.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:28

16. iMemo (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)

30mins. Can't really go more than that.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:55

17. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Only 2 hours.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 21:18

18. HildyJ (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Meh. When I worked at a telecom, we dicovered that modem users were regularly making voice calls of over three days. Not many, admittedly, because connections tended to drop. You kids who have no idea what I'm talking about have it easy.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 23:29

21. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

3 hours and 40 minutes.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 00:17

22. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

Mine is eight hours..

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 02:58

23. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

mine is about 10mins - this shows that I either have a life or am a boring conversationalist, I'm not sure which.

I hope none of the records were set using cell phones: My ear gets toasty after a few minutes - I'd hate to think what 40+ hours would do.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 03:38

24. ˇಠ_ಠˇ (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

Literally at most like 40 minutes. Who talks for hours straight??!!??!!!?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 05:14

25. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Mine was 11 hours and 39 minutes!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 05:18 1

26. boomboom (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

The longest phone call for me was 8hr with a girl who has blocked me on fb now :D lol

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 05:28

27. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

hahahahahahahhahaahahahhahahahahahahahahahaahhaaha​h #dope

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 06:43

28. makio9 (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

51 hours, is that all? Geez...most girls I know want to talk for 51 hours.

maybe I am too tolerant

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