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World’s first text message sells for £90,000: Festive greeting sent in 1992 fetches fortune


World’s first text message sells for £90,000: Festive greeting sent in 1992 fetches fortune at auction

  • World’s first text message said ‘Merry Christmas’ and was sent in December 1992
  • The SMS was sent by engineer Neil Papworth to his colleague Richard Jarvis
  • It was yesterday auctioned off for £90,000 after being sold by Vodafone
  • Anonymous buyer will receive a replica of the protocol that transmitted the SMS










The world’s first text message was yesterday auctioned off for £90,000.

Sent in December 1992 and saying ‘Merry Christmas’, the text was sold by Vodafone.

Engineer Neil Papworth sent the SMS from his computer to colleague Richard Jarvis, who received it on his Orbitel cordless telephone.

The world's first text message was sent in December 1992 by engineer Neil Papworth from his computer to colleague Richard Jarvis and simply said 'Merry Christmas'.



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