An NFT for the Holidays

Vodafone has turned the first text message into a non-fungible token (NFT), which sold at a Paris auction house this week for €132,680 ($150,000) worth of ether (ETH). The company will donate the proceeds to the United Nations Refugee Agency to support forcibly displaced people.

Just over 29 years ago, Richard Jarvis (then a director of Vodafone) received the first text message from programmer Neil Papworth. Suitably enough, given that it was sent in December, the SMS read “Merry Christmas,” which is my wish to those who celebrate.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts the Shelly Palmer #CryptoWednesday Livestream. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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