At the auction, the first SMS in history was sent by a Vodafone programmer

The first SMS ever sent will be auctioned in Paris as a ‘piece of digital history’. The ‘Short Message Service’ will be offered to buyers by Aguttes auction house as ‘non-fungible token’ (Nft), accompanied by a digital certificate of authenticity. The buyer who wins the code, guaranteed by blockchain technology, will be considered the digital owner of the SMS. The author of the message was the programmer of Vodafone
Neil Papworth, who in December 1992 sent it to a colleague who was attending a corporate Christmas party. The text was a simple, “Merry Christmas”.

Digital certificates of this type are gaining in popularity. The NFT of the first tweet written by Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, was auctioned in recent months for $ 2.9 million, while the first Tim Berners Lee source code for the World Wide Web was sold for 5.4 million dollars.

Lower figures are expected from the sale of the first SMS. The auction house plans to collect between 100,000 and 200,000 euros from the auction. Owner of the SMS is Vodafone, which means donate the proceeds to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.