Of the Many Usenet Newsgroup Providers Out there, Newshosting Shines
Newshosting wins our “Best Newsgroup Provider” award because it is an excellent all-round Usenet service. There really is very little bad to say about it. It is not the cheapest service out there, but with great performance and a fantastic free Usenet browser thrown in for good measure, you certainly get what you pay for and more with Newshosting.
Newshosting offers three pricing plans, starting at $10.00 per month, and going up to $19.95 per month (or $15.83 if paid annually). The Lite plan is limited to 50 GB data transfer a month, which will still be plenty for most people.
Deal Alert! – You can get Newshosting’s annual Unlimited Plan for $8.33 instead of $12.95 per month – an exclusive discount for Cogipas.com readers 🙂
Also, unlike other Usenet newsgroup providers, Newshosting lets you roll over any unused data transfers to the next month (assuming that you renew your subscription), and so any data you pay for will hopefully never go to waste. The pricier plans have no data transfer limit, so roll overs are irrelevant for those.
For anyone who wants to try before they buy, the industry’s most generous free trial is on offer for 14 days, with a 30 GB download maximum. Note that you must provide valid payment details before taking advantage of this offer, and you will be charged if you do not cancel before the time or download limit is reached (whichever comes first).
Key features offered by Newshosting, the winner of our best newsgroup provider award, include:
- days newsgroup retention and growing
- 100,000+ uncensored newsgroups (check their full newsgroup listing)
- 256-bit encryption for secure file transfers
- up to 30 simultaneous downloads (or up to 60 for the XL Powerpack plan)
- 99% completion rate
Free Usenet Newsreader Software App
All customers can download Newshosting’s free custom Usenet browser. Experienced Usenet junkies probably already have a favorite third party newsreader browser, but Newshosting’s free and easy software will be a great boon to newbies.
Safer than Torrenting
Downloading content via Usenet is inherently much safer than via BitTorrent because you do not share your IP address with every other downloader of a file.
Although Usenet is much safer than torrenting and it’s not necessary to use a VPN with Usenet, doing so does provide valuable additional protection. There is no reason not to use a third party VPN, but Newshosting offers a great bundled VPN service, at a discounted price starting at $4.99 per month (or thrown in free as part of the XL Powerpack plan).
For Newshosting’s privacy and logging policies, we dug into the legalese on their website for you:
“Newshosting monitors our servers to the extent necessary to ensure that high standards of maintenance are met. Newshosting does not monitor or record your activities online. We do not monitor which newsgroups you post to or download from or what you put in news articles that you post.
Newshosting will not release a customer’s personal information or usage information to investigators, attorneys, or agencies unless we are directed to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction in the matter. If there is a hearing in court, the customer will be notified so they will have an opportunity to contest the surrender of personal information.”
An FAQ is available that does a good job of answering most common questions. If you cannot find what you are looking for, then a 24/7 ticketed email system is available. When I sent a query the response was fast (just over an hour), and informative. I was a little surprised, however to be told off for not searching the support center for answers to my questions, especially when I went back to look again, only to find the answers were simply not there!
Payments are made via credit/debit card or PayPal. Note that this means Newshosting will always know who you are. It is also worth noting that subscriptions auto-renew, so it is good idea to check your bank or PayPal account after you have cancelled a subscription to ensure that no addition payments are made.
How it Works (from Sign-Up to Downloading)
Signup requires a valid email address. There is little stopping you from using a disposable address, but as Newshosting knows who you are through your payment method anyway, there seems little point in doing this.
Upon payment you are sent to a confirmation webpage showing your account details and download links. You will also receive a confirmation email, but this does not contain your password (for good security reasons). It is therefore important to make a note or grab a screenshot of your password from the confirmation webpage.
Settings are provided for configuring third party Usenet software, but I simply downloaded Newshosting’s free custom Usenet browser…
The Newshosting Usenet Browser
The free Usenet browser is a great piece of software, and does everything you might want from a Usenet browser, including full Newsgroup search, NZB support, auto-shutdown, and a download speed graph display.
A SafeSearch option is also available for those wishing to avoid facing the copious amounts of porn on Usenet. Note that this only filters newsgroups that are explicitly marked as having adult content, so although it will help, it won’t filter everything.
And just in case you were wondering, Newshosting’s browser cannot be configured for another Usenet service (drat)!
Best Newsgroup Provider for Usenet Conclusion
Newshosting provides an excellent Usenet service, especially if you go for the Unlimited Plan discount exclusively for Cogipas readers. Whether the extra features available through the XL Powerpack plan are worth the extra cost is debatable, but it’s hard to disagree that Newshosting subscriptions are excellent value for money.
Of particular note is the outstanding free Usenet browser. As long as you stick with Newshosting, you may well never want another Usenet program. Here at Cogipas we have always regarded Newshosting to be at the top of the Usenet game, and this detailed review of the service confirms our opinion. Newshosting rightfully deserves the title of Best Usenet Newsgroup Provider!
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