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The world’s first text message sold at a sky-high price of 107,000 euros

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The world’s first text message on the 21st was sold for 107,000 euros in the French capital Paris in the form of non-fungible token (NFT) works. Together with commissions and other fees, the total transaction price was 132,680 euros.

The world’s first text message sold

The world's first text message

The content of this text message was “Merry Christmas” in English, with a space of 15 characters. It was sent to a colleague by Neal Papworth, a software engineer of Vodafone, a British telecom operator, on December 3, 1992. The text message was sent from Papworth’s computer, and Jarvis received it on his cell phone. According to Reuters, the phone that receives text messages is very bulky. According to Agence France-Presse, the buyers of this auction are from Canada and are involved in the technology sector.

Papworth, 51, recalled before the auction: “In 1992, I had no idea how popular text messages will be…” With the advent of social media, people now have multiple ways of communicating, but Papworth believes that text messaging “has a future” because text messaging is still an important means of contact for some elderly people and people in areas with poor Internet access.

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