First SMS in history to be sold as NFT at auction soon

Vodafone to sell first SMS in history in the form of an NFT

This Tuesday, December 21, 2021, the first SMS (” Short Message Service “) Of the story will be auctioned as a non-fungible token (NFT), announces Aguttes, a major auction house based in France, in a press release on its website. The digital work is offered for sale by Vodafone, the British telecommunications operator.

The first SMS in history was sent on December 3, 1992 at 6:09 p.m. by the programmer Neil papworth using a computer. The message was received by Richard jarvis, CEO of Vodafone at the time, on his Orbitel 901, the device considered to be the first GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) in the world. The text came down to “Merry Christmas”.

The investor who gets his hands on the NFT at the auction will receive a digital ownership certificate on the blockchain signed by Nick read, current CEO of Vodafone. Aguttes explains that the NFT “ represents the exclusive property of a detailed and unique digital replica of the original communication protocol which transmitted the world’s first SMS ”.

The buyer will also be entitled to a handful of physical items. The auction house promises a photo of the cell phone that received the first text message in history and a digital frame showing an animation of the computer code of the protocol.

👉 Also read: The NFT of Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, was auctioned for $ 6.2 million

An NFT estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 euros

According to Aguttes, this non-fungible token is estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 euros. In A press release, Vodafone has pledged to donate all of the profits generated by the auction to the United Nations refugee agency in order to “ support the 82.4 million people who have been forced to flee their homes ” because of war or persecution.

“We are proud to bring together a major technological innovation from our past with cutting edge technology today, to help those who desperately need support”says Ahmed Essam, CEO of Vodafone UK.

The pivotal moments in the history of technology have met with tremendous success in the non-fungible token market. Recently, a Wikipedia front page NFT was auctioned for $ 750,000. A few months earlier, it was the first tweet in history posted by Jack Dorsey that sold for $ 2.9 million.

👉 Also read – Shopify formalizes the possibility of selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on its platform

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