Throwback! The very first SMS, sent in 1992, is slated to be auctioned off as an NFT. It is estimated to bring between 100,000 and 200,000 Euros, according to the listing!
Vodafone chose this time of year for a variety of reasons, including the increased use and popularity of NFTs. It has a lot more to do with the SMS’s content. The initial SMS message was simply a “Merry Christmas” greeting. On December 3, 1992, Neil Papworth, an employee of a British computer company, sent it to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis.
What’s more fascinating is that it wasn’t until the following year that Nokia introduced the first cell phone capable of transmitting and receiving text messages.
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The British multinational telecommunications corporation has pledged that it will not produce any more NFTs of this SMS in the future.
So, what precisely does the highest bidder get?
The lot will include a reproduction of the original SMS communication protocol. In addition, there is a graphic depicting the cell phone that received the message, as well as an animation displaying a text duplicate.
Aguttes is encouraging bidders from all around the world to join in the auction, which will take place on the outskirts of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine. If this is your cup of tea, make a note of December 21, 2021. (3 PM local time).
Meanwhile, Christie’s sold the first-ever modification to Wikipedia’s homepage as an NFT for $750,000. Furthermore, Jimmy Wales’ Strawberry iMac, which was utilized at the time, sold for $187,500.