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The first SMS text message was sold for about 700 thousand Brazilian reais at an auction in Paris |  technology

The first SMS text message was sold for about 700 thousand Brazilian reais at an auction in Paris | technology

The first text message sent, on the occasion of “Happy Birthday”, was sold on Tuesday for 107 thousand euros, equivalent to about 692 thousand Brazilian reais, as Non-Fungible Token (NFT) In the auction house de byIs.

Text, Posted on December 3, 1992It was put up for auction by British telecoms company Vodafone.

Neil Papworth, a Vodafone engineer, sent SMS from his computer to a manager at United kingdom, which he received on his 2 kg “Orbitel” – similar to an office phone, but wireless and a handle.

“They were in the middle of the holiday action, so I’m sending a happy birthday message,” said Maximilian Agotis, head of development at Agotis Auctions.

The screen shows the world’s first SMS as an NFT – Photo: ALAIN JOCARD / AFP

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are a type of digital asset that has grown in popularity this year, with NFT artwork selling for millions of dollars.

Since about 2017, these digital items, which include photos, video, music and text, have been marketed on the blockchain, which is a record of transactions saved on networked computers. Each NFT has a unique digital signature.

Unauthorized sale of intangible assets in FranceThe auction house then packed the text message into a digital frame, displaying the code and communication protocol, Agutes said.

The buyer will receive a replica of the original communication protocol that sent the SMS and the proceeds will go to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

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