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Phonon Alpha Testnet

The Alpha Testnet of the Phonon Protocol has been launched to test the Phonon technology stack to get user feedback and identify any bugs in the software or hardware. These are the 3 components of the tech which are being tested (all are open-source on GitHub).

Table of Contents

Testnet Updates, Issues, Fixes & Notifications
Participation & Testing Metrics
Links to Order Test Kits & Register Cards
Quick Start Guide (QSG)
Incentivized Tasks & Rewards
Alpha Testnet FAQs

Testnet Updates, Issues, Fixes & Notifications:

Notification - 9/27/2022 - 16:09 UTC:
New Alpha Testnet releases are available frequently as new features and bug fixes are implemented. Please make sure to download and run the latest version as you test. 

Update - 9/06/2022 - 13:11 UTC:
User-reported list of testnet assets, which phonons were successfully created with:

– Ropsten Testnet
– BNB Testnet
– AVAX Fuji Testnet
– Rinkby Testnet
– Goerli Testnet
– Matic Mumbai Testnet
– Fantom Testnet

Please comment any others in Discord.

Incentivized Tasks Update - 9/04/2022 - 07:11 UTC:
The incentivized tasks have been updated as the Phonon Dev team has moved native phonon mining, to the Beta release. #4 and #5 tasks, regarding mining phonons have been replaced with card-name customization and phonon redemption on 3 different test networks. Please see the tasks section below for more detail.

Notification - 8/20/2022 - 18:33 UTC:
Testnet fund that the Phonon Testnet supports include: Mumbai, BNB, Avax C-Chain, Goerli, Kovan, Ropsten, Rinkeby, Fantom. For questions on any other supported testnet funds, drop a comment in the #🧪testnet-general channel on Discord. *Reminder: DO NOT USE any real funds for Testnet. 

News - 8/19/2022 - 16:00 UTC:
The latest batch of orders have shipped to participants. With  approximately 50 Alpha Testnet Kits still available, one can be purchased here, at The Testnet timeline has been updated. Official timeline is August 3 - October 1, 2002, and no longer running through November 15th. 

Update & Fixes - 8/18/2022 - 18:35 UTC:
New Release of Phonon Client available. The Windows Installer for Phonon Client is now available. 'Redeem Phonon' bugs fixed with new release.

News - 8/17/2022 - 13:04 UTC:
New Discord channels: #🧪testnet-announcements, #🧪testnet-general and #🧪testnet-bugs created for users to submit bugs, ask questions and get the latest news. Please visit these channels for anything related to the Alpha Testnet. New Startup Guides for OSX and Windows published. Links to these documents can be found above.

Update - 8/16/2022 - 04:36 UTC:
Currently, the Phonon Client is not using Microsoft or Apple developer certificates for the Alpha Testnet because the test application is still being developed and improved. If your OS throws a warning, do not be alarmed. As open-source code, it is verifiable that the code is safe to be used.

Participation & Testing Metrics Used

To join the Testnet, you need:

1. Phonon Developer Kit – Alpha Release (Testnet Kit)*
2. Internet connection.
3. A computer to run a simple app.

* Previously purchased Phonon cards are not equipped with the Native Phonon (nPhonon) mining applet. The latest Phonon cards include the applet. If you already have a card reader (p60), you’ll only need new cards. If you have neither, a Testnet kit is needed. International shipping is available, where applicable.

By default, debug logs will be turned on to allow the collection of data to better understand the performance of The Network as well as identify any bugs or issues in The Network.

Quick Start Guide (QSG)

1. Plug in Card Reader
2. Insert Phonon Card into Card Reader
3. Install Client from :
4. Run the Executable File.
5. Navigate to : http://localhost:8080/
6. Click Initialize on your Card.
7. Set 6 digit PIN number.
8. Now Click Unlock and enter the 6 digit PIN.
9. Click Receive at the top of the screen.
10. Copy the card address that is listed.
11. Navigate to
12. Paste the card address that you copied into the Card ID sections.
13. Save the config token to your home directory.

Incentivized Tasks & Rewards

As an incentive and to help cover any outlay costs, there is a rewards program of up to 87,500 PHONON tokens for each Alpha Testnet user who successfully completes all the objectives. An additional 1,755,000 PHONON is available as a Bonus Reward for those who complete the Bonus Objectives successfully. Once you have completed the Tasks and will be awarded accordingly. The DAO will verify that you've completed the tasks successfully and you will be able to claim your rewards when Testnet concludes. Participants will also be able to claim a special **POAP** upon completion that will grant access to future rewards and even more goodies.

Incentives Distribution: Task Completion –> Bonus Completion –> Verification –> Objectives Complete  87,500 $Phonon (+Bonus is up to an additional 1.755MM in $Phonon)

Below are the Alpha Testnet rewards and steps to earn them. There’s no requirement to complete them all, though to receive the maximum reward, we invite every tester to pursue completing them all. Some rewards will require testers to get involved in the Testnet community at large. The hub of the Testnet community will be on the Phonon DAO’s Discord, and specifically, in the #testnet channel. Please join our server and visit the #testnet channel. There will be ongoing Testnet discussions, updates, and opportunities to connect with other Testnet users to complete the objectives and earn rewards.


Get Set Up – 17,500 PHONON Rewarded
Purchase a Testnet kit from at the link above. Install the Phonon Client Application on your computer. Once you receive your Test Kit, initialize, set a PIN, unlock and register both of your card ID's along with an Ethereum address at (via connected wallet) and configure your Phonon Client with the Telemetry Key you'll receive. Once configured, your Phonon Client will automatically ship logs back to the Testnet team, which will be used to check the completion of the other objectives. At the conclusion of the Testnet, rewards will be sent to the Ethereum address associated with your card IDs


Create 10 Asset-backed Phonons – 17,500 PHONON Rewarded
They need to be made up of two different currencies and at least three different denominations. For example, Rinkeby ETH, Kovan ETH, and BSC testnet.
This is a testnet – PLEASE DO NOT USE MAINNET ASSETS. There is a chance that you could lose any asset in the Alpha, and we really don't want you losing real currencies. Please stick to just testnet assets for now. Note from Alchemy: "Due to [upcoming] ETH Merge, the Rinkeby Testnet will be deprecated soon. Please develop using Goerli Testnet faucet." Please be aware of this change coming.


Connect & Send – 17,500 PHONON Rewarded
Identify an independent counter-party via the Phonon Discord #🧪testnet channel. Send and receive at least 1 asset-backed phonon between the two of you.


Customize Your Card Names – 17,500 PHONON Rewarded
Click the pencil icon next to your card ID's and change the card names to whatever you prefer.


Redeem 3 Different Assets from Different Origin Chains – 17,500 PHONON Rewarded
Select and successfully redeem phonons from 3 different networks. For example, Rinkeby ETH, Kovan ETH, and Polygon Mumbai MATIC are all viable Alpha Testnet networks. Please keep in mind that the phonons must be a large enough denomination to pay for the gas fee upon redemption, or the operation will fail.


Bonus Penetration Testing Objectives – 877,500 PHONON Rewarded for Each.
* These will not be achievable by every Testnet participant and are not even guaranteed to be possible at all, but they would provide valuable knowledge to the Testnet team, and the rewards are higher for those clever enough to accomplish them.

A. First person to provably duplicate a phonon private key or double-spend a Phonon on a Testnet card.
Duplication or double-spends of phonons should be impossible according to the Phonon Protocol logic programmed on the Testnet cards, but we want to know now if anyone is able to find a yet-to-be-uncovered method of circumventing the Protocol's design.

Proof should be provided by contacting the Testnet team, via Discord, and arranging to send two copies of the duplicated/double-spent private key to a team member for independent verification. If the method of duplication or double-spend does not allow this for some reason, any other verifiable method of proof may be used to satisfy this requirement, at the Testnet team's discretion.

B. First person to provably extract a Testnet phonon card's identity private key.
A phonon card's identity private key allows a phonon card to prove its authenticity as running a genuine and secure Phonon Applet. This private key should never be exported or revealed, as that would allow an attacker to craft fraudulent software that masquerades as a genuine participant in the Phonon Protocol. Again, if someone can currently find a way to do this, we'd like to know now.

Alpha Testnet FAQs

When does Testnet start?
Phonon's Alpha Testnet officially launched on August 3rd, 2022. 
How does someone participate in the Testnet?
In order to participate within the Phonon Protocol Testnet interested parties will need to purchase the Phonon Developer Kit - attested, verified and sold exclusively by GridPlus at Link below.
What is the Phonon DevKit for Testnet?
This Phonon Developer Kit includes everything you need to send and receive Phonons. Are you a dev wanting to be first to market with Phonon's app? This DevKit is the place to start! If you already have a card reader you can get a pack of just phonon cards. As Such, each Dev Kit Includes: - Two (2) PX60 Card Readers & - Two (2) Phonon Testnet Cards.
How much is the Phonon DevKit?
The Phonon TestNet Kit (DevKit) is $129 USD. We have taken this initial cost into account when determining the rewards and aim to help cover any outlaying cost to join. Applicable taxes and shipping calculated upon checkout.
Why should I be eager to participate, own, use, transact and contribute to the Phonon Protcol Alpha Testnet?
The Phonon Protocol is possibly one of the most revolutionary innovations within the most disruptive industries of all times. Simply put Phonon allows any individual to "zap" native, digital, crypto assets off-chain instantly AND for free.

These newly 'off-chain zapped assets' can be safely stored and/or transacted with when zapped off chain. They are secured by each individual card's unique PUF (Physically Unclonable Function) Chip.

The benefits of having crypto assets stored on physical cards and capable of being transacted with off-chain are that we Finally begin to fulfill the real promise of P2P Electronic Cash Transactions. (As first envisioned by David Chaum in 1982). Cryptocurrency Transactions as they should be private at the consumer level.
What is a 'phonon'?
Regarding this Alpha Testnet, phonons are universal containers to wrap any crypto asset that can be then sent over the hardware-secured Phonon Protocol. Learn more about native phonons (nPhonons) and backed phonons here. Exchange any cryptocurrency for free, securely and privately – this is the Phonon way.

The World's First Phonon Transaction

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