The first SMS sent in history was auctioned 107. 000 euros in the form of NFT . Sent on December 3 1992 to wish Christmas wishes – the text was simple, ” Merry Christmas ” – it went down in history as the first message exchanged as an SMS and was put up for sale by Vodafone , who will donate all of the profits. at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) . It was a telephone company employee, Engineer Neil Papworth , who sent the text message from his computer to a manager in the UK, Richard Jarvis , who received it while he was at the Christmas party hosted by the telephone company on his Orbitel phone 901, one of the very first models of cell phones weighing 2 kilos and the size of a tile.
“They were in the middle of the end of the year party, it was is why he sent a merry Christmas “, declared Maximilien Aguttes , head of development at the Aguttes auction house in Paris which managed the sale to a buyer who preferred to remain anonymous. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are the digital asset that has literally exploded in popularity in 2021, fully deserving the election of the British Collins Dictionary Word of the Year. Thus, between villas or yachts to be used in the metaverse and digital works of art, fragments, replays, snapshots of bygone eras are added to the collections and are sold to the highest bidder. You can therefore buy the NFT of the goal that allowed your team to win the championship, the replay of an NBA game or even the first text message exchanged in history.
These digital objects include images, videos, music and text and exist in the blockchain , a record of transactions stored on networked computers that allows them to ” register a unique digital signature. The NFT sold by Vodafone certifies exclusive ownership of a digital replica of the original communication protocol that proves the sending and receiving of the world’s first SMS. The NFT was invented in one edition and Vodafone assured that there would be no other.
Via GQ Italy