United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR):
Vodafone announced that it is auctioning the world’s first SMS as a non-fungible token (NFT). Now, the company has announced that a bidder has paid 107,000 euros for the replica of the first communication protocol of a short message, perpetuated as a NFT.
- Vodafone will donate them to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to support the 82.4 million people who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution.
- The world’s first SMS was sent almost three decades ago on December 3, 1992 through the Vodafone network.
- The SMS was received by Vodafone employee Richard Jarvis. “Merry Christmas,” the 15 character message read.
- An NFT is a one-of-a-kind digital collectible.
- This means it is unique and can’t be replaced.
- These virtual tokens can be songs, movies, artworks, photographs, social media posts, GIFs and anything else that can be stored digitally.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- It is a UN Refugee Agency and a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting the rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
- It was created in 1950 to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes.
- It is headquartered at Geneva, Switzerland.