Beginning March 17th, 2021 at 3:00 UTC, you will be unable to purchase a physical Node. Access to the payment gateway in the app and on the website will be suspended.
As you may already know, Node uses the Intel NUC (model NUC6CAYH), which is now out of stock. Since we don’t have enough supply, we can’t fulfill all of the orders we’ve received. Unfortunately, this means you may not receive your Node, but instead will be contacted and given a refund.
pNode, Node Tree development halted
Further, we’ve decided to halt Node production altogether. It was a tough decision to make, especially seeing the incredible support and love you all received Node with. But with the lack of accessible supply, continued shipping delays, and new changes to our development priorities, continuing to produce and sell pNodes would do more harm than good.
Will I get the Node I ordered?
If you bought a Node before February 15th, 2021, you should receive your Node in the originally quoted time frame (Between April 30th and May 15th). There’s no action required on your part, and you’ll soon be validating.
If you ordered a Node after February 15th, 2021, however, we are unable to fulfill your order, and you will be contacted soon to organize a refund. I know it’s disappointing to finally have ordered a Node only to have supply cut off. I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
To make it up to you somewhat, if you aren’t receiving a Node, you’ll not only get a refund, but you’ll be paid 21% APY on your purchase for the entire time we had custody of your payment, paid in PRV. For example, if you bought 1 Node at $399 one month ago, you’ll receive 30 days worth of 21% APY on $399, paid in PRV.
If I have a Node, will I still be supported?
Virtual nodes will remain unchanged, and if you already own pNodes, they will continue to function as normal. Support for Node operators will also continue.
In short, the only thing that’s changing is that the core team will no longer produce and sell pNodes and Node Trees.
Going forward, validator methods will be self-managed and/or community-sourced, and, once we release all validator slots, every part of the validator cycle will be decentralized. This is a step to help keep the core team focused on its goals of perfecting the layer 1 of the privacy network, so you can have access to self-sufficient and decentralized privacy for all of crypto.