Before the era of WhatsApp, Signal and even Internet Messaging was the era of pure and simple text messaging. Saying all you can in 160 characters or less, and each message was either charged monetarily or against your total SMS quota — that was a unique, beautiful time.
The first-ever text message was sent 29 years ago, in 1992 which was received on a Vodafone network by an employee in the UK. The message wished the recipient, Richard Jarvis, “Merry Christmas”, and now this message is being auctioned off as an NFT by the networking giant.
The message was successfully sent on December 3, 1992, to the Orbitel 901 handset. After the sending of the first message, mobile phone makers started bringing the feature to receive and send text messages, with Nokia being first in the line.
The NFT auction for the world’s first SMS will be conducted in Paris on December 21, 2021, by Aguttes — the first independent auction house in France. However, bidders can also place their bids online.
The NFT will be exclusive and Vodafone has assured that it won’t mint another NFT from the world’s first SMS in the future.
By auctioning off the world’s first SMS in the form of NFT, Vodafone intends to redirect the earnings to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UN Refugee Agency) for helping the forcibly displaced people.