World’s first-ever SMS sold as NFT at Paris auction house; The message read ‘Merry Christmas’

The world’s first text message of SMS that was sent on December 3, 1992, was sold as an NFT at an auction, the Aguttes auction house said. The first message was sent via the Vodafone network and the message read, “Merry Christmas,” it says in 15 letters.

The message was received by Vodafone employee Richard Jarvis during a Christmas celebration 29 years ago. The auction of the message has been planned so as to support forcibly displaced people and proceeds from the auction will be going to UNHCR, Euronews reported.

After the auction, the message was sold for €107,000 as NFT at Paris auction house. NFT is the digitized method of keeping collectible unique commodities such as pieces of art, which have become more popular around the world. More than $200,000 is expected to be paid for a digital replica of the world’s first SMS. 

The message was sent by British programmer Neil Papworth and he said, “In 1992, I had no idea just how popular texting would become, and that this would give rise to emojis and messaging apps used by millions.” He further said, “I only recently told my children that I sent that first text. Looking back with hindsight, it’s clearer to see that the Christmas message I sent was a pivotal moment in mobile history.”

Initially, text messages could not be sent from cell phones due to a lack of keyboards. However, by 1994, with the advent of the Nokia 210, they could be transferred from phones. Years later, text messages became popular and their use of them has become normal. 

Earlier this month, a Bored Ape NFT was accidentally sold for a little over $3,000 (Rs 2.28 lakh) instead of $300,000 (Rs 2.28 crore) and thanks to a “fat-finger” typing error. The owner meant to list his Bored Ape NFT for 75 ether, or around $300,000. But he accidentally listed it for 0.75 ether. By the time he spotted the error, it was too late.

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Although sending messages and receiving SMS in this modern era is of least importance, the excitement and happiness for each and every man 29 years ago was an achievement.