The historic 15-character-long SMS will be auctioned off to support evicted refugees all across the world.
Vodafone, the British telecom company, is allegedly planning to auction the world's first Short Message Service (SMS) in the form of a nonfungible token (NFT) on December 21. Richard Jarvis, a Vodafone employee at the time, got the "Merry Christmas" SMS 29 years ago on December 3, 1992, throughout the Vodafone network.
According to Romanian news site Ziarul Financiar, the historic 15-character-long SMS will be auctioned off as an NFT in a one-time sale by the Aguttes Auction House in France.
Vodafone plans to donate the revenue from the auction of the world's first SMS in the form of NFT to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UN Refugee Agency) to aid forcefully displaced refugees.
As NFT, the world's first SMS was auctioned off for charity. Vodafone's SMS NFT auction will take place this Tuesday, December 21, through an online auction in which bidders can make bids using Ethereum (ETH). The highest bidder will be the exclusive owner of the communication protocol that was used to send the world's first SMS.
Other networks took nine years to catch up to Vodafone in terms of SMS transmit and receive, adding to the SMS's fame. This initiative to mint the world's first SMS is a whole other example of NFT's power to tokenize and digitally preserve history.
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