Vodafone auctions the world’s first text message “Merry Christmas” as NFT for charity


According to reports, British telecommunications giant Vodafone plans to auction the world’s first short message service (SMS) in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFT) on December 21. This text message with the words “Merry Christmas” was received 29 years ago through the Vodafone network on December 3, 1992, and was received by an employee Richard Jarvis at the time.

The 15-character SMS with a long history will be auctioned as NFT in a one-time auction conducted by Aguttes auction house in France. according to Romanian news media Ziarul Financiar.

By auctioning the world’s first text message in the form of NFT, Vodafone intends to redistribute income to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help people who have been forcibly displaced.

Source: Ziarul Financiar

The above advertising banner translates into “Merry Christmas. The world’s first charity text to be auctioned in the form of NFT”. Vodafone’s SMS NFT sales will be conducted through an online auction on Tuesday, December 21st. Participants can use Ethereum (Ethereum). The highest bidder will have exclusive ownership of the communication protocol used to transmit the world’s first SMS.

In addition to the glory of SMS, it took 9 years for other networks to have Vodafone’s ability to send and receive SMS. The move to forge the world’s first SMS is another example of NFT’s ability to tokenize and digitally preserve history.

related: Adidas Originals launched the first NFT series

As the company finds its use cases in its existing business model, the NFT ecosystem promotes the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies. Just last week, sportswear manufacturer Adidas announced the launch of the “Into the Metaverse” NFT series.

As reported by Cointelegraph, the Adidas Originals NFT sale will be held on the company’s official website on December 17th, with a price of 0.2 ETH and a value of approximately $810 at the time of writing.

Just a few days before Adidas settled in, Nike also acquired a virtual sneaker and collectible brand RTFKT. Expresses a strong interest in metaverse.