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From 1992: The world’s first textual content message fetches €107,000 at public sale






Today, the first ever SMS was sent. It dates back to 1992. The result.

Update 12/21:

At 3:38 p.m. the hammer fell. Claude Auguste closed his Paris auction after 38 minutes – and was the new owner of the world’s first text message. An exhibitor pays €107,000 for a replica of the First Communication Protocol for an SMS, immortalized as a non-fungible token (NFT). Vodafone donates auction proceeds to UNHCR.

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Vodafone is one of the pioneers of mobile communications. That’s why the world’s first SMS was sent via Vodafone’s mobile network. Vodafone is now auctioning these SMS messages as a “Non-Foldable Token” (NFT) for good reason.

It’s about this short message

On December 3, 1992, engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS (“Short Message Service”). However, he wrote this text message not on a mobile phone but on a computer and then sent it to the Orbitel TPU 901 mobile phone of Vodafone employee Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party. The cell phone was called in the British Vodafone network – Vodafone is a British company (in Germany at that time many people made calls on the Mannesmann network, which was acquired by Vodafone in 2000). The text of the SMS was only 15 characters: “Happy Birthday”, see the photo for this message.

Auction is on 21.12.2016 from 15

Vodafone will auction this SMS on December 21, 2021, today at 3pm local time, as it is called a Non-Fungible Token (“NFT”) here in an online auction organized by Aguttes in Paris. The price range for this “Exclusive Unique Item NFT (1/1 version)” has been tentatively set at €100,000 to €200,000.

Vodafone wrote that the buyer, who can also pay using cryptocurrency Ether, “acquires exclusive ownership of a unique and detailed replica of the original communication protocol that was used to send the world’s first SMS.”

Vodafone donates the proceeds from the sale to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

These codes are not replaceable

These “non-fungible tokens” are stored on the blockchain, and are unique, tamper-proof certificates of ownership that digitally prove ownership of a particular asset. ‘non-fungible’ means ‘not interchangeable’. The owner of the NFT keeps it in their own blockchain wallet – the equivalent of a digital wallet. Read more about this in the NFT: Frequently Asked Questions About the New Cryptocurrency Publicity for Digital Art.

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