Ends up at auction like NFT the cousin SMS never sent in history: Vodafone il December 3, 1992 had wished ‘Merry Christmas‘. The proceeds from the sale will go toUNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.
The first SMS in history becomes an NFT and ends up in the auction
Only 14 letters, to test this new and revolutionary technology and to wish you a Merry Christmas. Vodafone sent ‘Merry Christmas’ a Richard Jarvis, employee of the company, to test this new functionality to communicate. Today those fourteen letters become a historical document, thanks to the NFT (Non Fungible Token). Certified through the blockchain, now some tech enthusiasts will be able to buy this “digital artifact“.
The message will be auctioned on 21 December from the French agency Aguttes. The buyer will have to pay in Ethereum, a figure that we do not imagine will be negligible. But on the positive side, this figure will end up in the budget in theUNHCR, going to help some refugee families fleeing unsustainable situations in their own country.
Richard Jarvis, the first in the world to receive an SMS
Maximilien Aguttes, head of the Aguttes auction house explains: “The first printed book, the first phone call, the first email: all these inventions have changed our life and our communication in the world. This first text message received in 1992 is a historical testimony of human and technological progress. He sent a message of joy, ‘Merry Christmas’ ”.
Whoever buys this SMS will have the guaranteed ownership of this historic milestone, something that collectors of technology give a very high flight. It is thought that the auction will reap at least $ 200,000, but probably a lot more. Suffice it to say that the source code of the World Wide Web auctioned last June reached the stratospheric figure of 5.4 million dollars.
In this case, we will know that they will do well. Wishing someone else too ‘Merry Christmas‘.