World's first SMS from 1992 to be auctioned as NFT at $200,000, here's what it reads

Vodafone is auctioning the world’s first SMS from 1992 (29 Yrs ago) as NFT at $200,000. Here’s all you need to know about the historic text message
World's first SMS

World's first SMS

The World's first SMS has been converted to NFT. This non-fungible token, which includes the historical text message and the communication protocol behind the SMS, will be auctioned in a few days for an estimated price of $200,000 or more.

World's first SMS- What It Reads?

The World's first SMS was sent 29 years ago now. On 3 December 1992, Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old software programmer from the UK, sent the first-ever SMS "Short Message Service" (text message) to Richard Jarvis, CEO of the British operator Vodafone to wish him a Merry Christmas in advance. This first text was obviously sent via a computer. 

Note that the underlying technology was born as early as 1987. At first, text messages had a 160-character limit. Early adopters got around this by inventing ‘txt spk’, such as LOL (laughing out loud) and emoticons - symbols made from keyboard characters to show emotions. These would later inspire the creation of the first emojis (characters symbolizing emotions and the ideas of things).

This December 21, 2021, this historic SMS will be auctioned in the form of an NFT (non-fungible token) by Aguttes, a major auction house based in France. Very popular since last year, NFTs are 100% digital assets that allow certification of the ownership of work using blockchain technology.

Hand-signed by Nick Read, current CEO of Vodafone, this NFT is estimated at a price of $200,000 or more. The lucky buyer will be the sole owner with exclusive ownership of the detailed and unique replica of the actual communication protocol of the text message. It can be purchased by paying in Ether from the online auction held on December 21, 2021, also the person who takes over this will receive a certificate guaranteed by the blockchain which ensures that no other NFT of the SMS will ever be created.

In addition to SMS (Short Message Service), the communication protocol behind the text message is also included in the NFT. “The NFT smart contract represents the exclusive property of a detailed and unique digital replica of the original communication protocol”, explains Aguttes on its website. This animated replica will be available as an MP4 file.

The auction house specifies that “the smart contract also gives access to a certificate issued by Vodafone which confirms the authenticity and uniqueness of this NFT of the first SMS in the world”. 

The lucky buyer will also receive, as a gift, a photo of the cell phone that displayed this very first text message.

NFTs continue to be wildly successful in the Art market with works representing key moments in the history of modern technology. Recently, an NFT representing the first page of Wikipedia has just been auctioned for over $750,000. A few months earlier, the source code for the World Wide Web was auctioned for $ 5.4 million.

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