Selling the world’s first text message in a strange way… This is the price!


The world’s first SMS text message was sold asNon-fungible token NFT For 149,729 thousand dollars at an auction in Paris.

“Happy Birthday,” she wrote in the letter, which was sold at Aguttes, and was sent by British programmer, Neil Papworth, from a computer on December 3, 1992 to Richard Garvis, who later became Vodafone’s UK manager.

Garvis received the message on his Orbitel 901 mobile phone during the company’s Christmas party.

The auction house said that the token, which is not replaceable, is an exact copy of the original communication protocol that transmits SMS messages. The anonymous buyer, who was to pay in cryptocurrency Ethereum, receives a digital frame with a 3D animation of the message being received.

Papworth and his colleagues were trying to develop a type of communication where Vodafone could offer users the ability to send messages to each other’s phones, Aguttes explained on its website.

They finally revised the code, and the transmission of texts over the Vodafone network became a reality.

Papworth was quoted as saying: “Back in 1992 I had no idea how prevalent texting was and that this was leading to emojis and messaging apps used by millions.”

“I recently told my children that I sent this world’s first SMS,” he added. Clearly, the message you sent was a pivotal moment in the history of the mobile phone.

It was not possible at first to send texts from mobile phones because they did not have keyboards. However, by 1994, it was possible to send them from phones thanks to the arrival of the Nokia 210.

Five years later, it became possible to send text messages through different communication networks, which increased its popularity.

Text messaging began as a means of communication that transcended the use of phone calls. The 160-character limit allowed in SMS messages was now used across digital platforms, including Twitter.

The way users choose to express themselves has evolved over time with the introduction of shortcuts and emojis.

M On its part, Vodafone said earlier this month that the proceeds from the sale would be donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


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