- The company will auction this SMS as a non-fungible token (NFT).
- The world’s first SMS was sent through the Vodafone network on December 3, 1992, nearly three decades ago.
- This message was received by a Vodafone employee
Vodafone has announced the auction of the world’s first SMS. The company will auction this SMS as a non-fungible token (NFT). This SMS digital copy will be auctioned. This has been announced by the official Twitter handle of Vodafone Group.
The world’s first SMS was sent through the Vodafone network on December 3, 1992, nearly three decades ago. This message was received by a Vodafone employee. There were 14 characters in this message and ‘Merry Christmas’ was written in it.
According to the report of Daily Mail, the world’s first SMS was sent by British programmer Neil Papworth. Neil Papworth was working as a developer and test engineer, when he sent this SMS from the computer to his other colleague, Richard Jarvis. Richard Jarvis was then the director of the company. This SMS was sent to them on the Orbitel 901 handset.
The world’s first SMS NFT auction will be held on 21 December 2021 by Aguttes in Paris. People will also be able to bid online. The buyer of the NFT will receive a certificate guaranteeing the authenticity and exclusivity of the NFT, signed by Vodafone Group CEO Nick Reed. Along with this, many original documents will also be given.
According to reports, the bid for this NFT is expected to exceed $200,000 (approximately Rs 1.52 crore). Vodafone has informed that the company will give all the money received through the auction to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. In order to help the 82.4 million migrants who have left for some reason.