2017 Best Usenet Provider Awards

We’re excited to share our 2017 Editor’s Choice Award winners.  The honorees include some of the best known and most popular Usenet providers in the world.  Those who frequent Newsgroup Reviews know that we update the awards post on a regular basis to keep up with changes in the market.  This time around we’re excited to share enhancements to some popular Usenet services and the addition of VPN packages.

2017 Best Usenet Providers

You’ll notice that we celebrate the accomplishments of multiple newsgroup services with our Editors Choice Awards.  The reason is that we enjoy a number of Usenet providers and feel each offers an advantage over the others.  With criteria to include extra features, high retention, completion, performance, reliability and value.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 NGR Editor’s Choice Award winners.  We would like to thank each provider for their ongoing efforts in supporting the continued growth of Usenet.  The list of award recipients starts with Newshosting followed closely by UseNetServer, Easynews, Eweka, and Supernews.

Let’s take a closer look at our 2017 NGR Editor’s Choice winners for “Best Usenet Providers“:

Newshosting – Usenet + VPN + Client with Search

Newshosting Special

Expect the best performance and premium features for a value from Newshosting.  Including unlimited Usenet downloads and free access to their popular Newshosting Usenet client.  A very nice addition!  Along with uncapped speeds and free 256-bit SSL encryption.  Connect to their North American or European servers and enjoy unlimited Usenet.  All for just $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year (with VPN) via our NGR special.

Newshosting offers 3,000+ days of binary retention along with 1,400 days of text posts.  Subscribers enjoy unlimited Usenet access, Newshosting Usenet client, 256-bit SSL, uncapped speed and 24/7 support.  Take advantage of the Newshosting $9.99/mo. and $99.99/yr. unlimited Usenet specials.

UseNetServer – Usenet + VPN + Search

UseNetServer Special

UseNetServer provides an excellent mix of quality and value.  Since releasing their popular $10 unlimited Usenet special the service has grown rapidly.  UNS was always a staple in the industry but at $10 a month or $95.40 a year they’re really hard to pass up.  In addition to value, UseNetServer offers high retention and UNS Global Search.  Those who sign up for the UNS $95 a year deal also receive free unlimited VPN access.

UseNetServer offers 3,000+ days of binary retention along with two years of text posts.  Subscribers enjoy unlimited Usenet access, 256-bit SSL, 20 connections, uncapped speed and 24/7 live support.  Take advantage of the UNS $10/mo. and $95.40/yr. unlimited Usenet specials.

Easynews – Web Usenet Interface

Easynews Web Usenet

Easynews has everything you could ask for in a Usenet service including web access.  A feature that sets them apart from our other award winners.  The Easynews web interface allows users to browse newsgroups and stream content without the need for a newsreader.  Simply open your favorite web browser.  With third party apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android mobile devices.  Easynews offers 3,000 days of NNTP retention if you want to connect via newsreader.  Web retention is over 2,600 days.  Take the new web interface for a test drive.

Easynews offers web Usenet access in addition to iPhone and Android apps.  Especially useful to those new to Usenet and others who would rather avoid the need for additional software.  Take advantage of the Easynews 14 day free trial and $9.95 unlimited NNTP offers.

Eweka – European Usenet Access

Eweka Special

Eweka is our favorite Dutch Usenet provider.  You will be hard pressed to find a better European newsgroup service.  They offer the highest retention in the region along with high speed downloads.  You will need to have a Dutch IP address to sign up.  You can use a VPN to subscribe to the service.  After you sign up you can connect to their servers from anywhere in the world.  Eweka is perhaps the best kept secret in Usenet.

Eweka offers 3,000+ days of binary retention and 1,265 days of text posts.  Subscribers enjoy unlimited Usenet, 256-bit SSL, 100 Mbps speeds, and 24/7 support for just €7,50 a month.  The special also includes a free upgrade to 100 Mbit which normally costs an extra €2,10 a month.

Supernews – Usenet Only Access

Supernews Special

Supernews was one of the first Usenet providers in the market.  I remember using their service along with Newsguy in the late 90’s.  That may seem like a long time ago but Supernews remains one of the top names in the industry.  The newspaper man is back with a good value on Usenet access.  The only difference is that Supernews doesn’t include extras like software and VPN.  Otherwise the quality is excellent.

Supernews offers 2,350+ days of binary retention along with 4,500 days of text posts.  Members enjoy unlimited Usenet, 256-bit SSL, 30 connections, and 24/7 tech support.  Take advantage of our Supernews deal and sign up for $9.99/mo. or $99/yr. and enjoy unlimited Usenet access.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards for the best Usenet providers.  Please help us recognize and congratulate the winners for their accomplishments.  We look forward to the year ahead.

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Top 10 Summer Usenet Promotions

It’s that time of year again.  Time to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. The summer brings some of the best Usenet promotions of the year.  The summer season is typically slow for Usenet providers.  A good time for them to offer some exceptional discounts and test special offers that you won’t find other times of the year.  In a second we’ll list our top 10 Summer Usenet promotions.  Some were recently launched while others have continued into the summer.  All the discounts listed are recurring so enjoy the savings month after month.

Summer Usenet deals

1. Newshosting – Unlimited Usenet + VPN from $8.33/mo.

We consistently get the fastest speeds from the Newshosting client and news servers.  With over 2,900 days of binaries, free SSL and 30 connections.  Newshosting is the best Usenet service on the market.  Take advantage of the Newshosting summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet for $9.99 a month or $99 a year with free VPN.  Saving you up to 45% on Newshosting.

2. UseNetServer – Unlimited Usenet with VPN from $7.95/mo.

The UNS $10 promotion has been very popular since it launched.  UseNetServer continues to deliver an outstanding service for a low price.  With 2,900+ days of binary retention, 20 connections, free SSL and Usenet search engine.  Take advantage of the UNS summer promotion and enjoy unlimited Usenet access for $10 a month or $95 a year.  Saving you up to 55% on Usenet + VPN.

3. Supernews – Unlimited Usenet for $9.95/mo. or $99/yr.

Supernews has been around a long time and offers some of the best Usenet access around.  With 2,350+ days of binary retention, 30 connections and free SSL encryption.  Access news servers in Europe or the US.  Take advantage of the Supernews summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet access for $9.99 a month. Saving you 32% on Supernews.

4. NewsDemon – Unlimited Usenet + VPN for $11/mo.

NewsDemon offers more than just unlimited Usenet access.  With a package of features for their members including a free copy of Newsbin Usenet browser and the option to add VPN.  Take advantage of the NewsDemon summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet access + Newsbin newsreader + unlimited VPN for $11 a month.  Saving you 50% on NewsDemon.

5. Easynews – Unlimited NNTP Usenet for $9.95/mo.

Easynews is best known for their web interface but they also offer NNTP Usenet access.  With 2,900 days of binary retention, 20 connections and free SSL encryption.  Easynews NNTP access is on par with other leading newsgroup providers.  Take advantage of the Easynews summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet for $9.95 a month.  In addition to 14 days of free web access.

6. Eweka – High Speed 100 Mbit Usenet for €7,50/mo.

Eweka has a reputation for providing quality Usenet service and excellent technical support.  With over 2,900 days of binary retention, 8 connections and free 256-bit SSL encryption for privacy.  Access newsgroup servers in The Netherlands.  Take advantage of the Eweka summer special and enjoy high speed Usenet downloads for €7,50 a month. Saving you 20% on Eweka.

7. Astraweb – Unlimited DSL Usenet for $11/mo. or $96/yr.

Astraweb offers solid newsgroup service at an affordable price.  You can enjoy access to 2,900+ days of binary retention along with 20 connections and free 256-bit SSL encryption.  Access news servers in the US or Europe.  Take advantage of the Astraweb summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet for $11 a month or $96 a year.  Saving you up to 45% on Astraweb.

8. ThunderNews – Usenet + Newsreader for $9.95/mo.

ThunderNews brings members unlimited Usenet downloads along with a free licensed copy of News Rover newsgroup reader.  With over 2,900 days of binary retention, 20 connections and free SSL.  Take advantage of the ThunderNews summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet access + News Rover newsreader for $9.95 a month.  Saving you 50% on ThunderNews.

9. theCubeNet – Unlimited Usenet for $9.99/mo.

theCuberNet is known for their outstanding deals on block account. This time around they are also offering a discount on unlimited Usenet with 50 SSL connections. Connect to their servers in the US or Europe to browse over 2,900 days of newsgroup posts.  Take advantage of theCubeNet summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet for $9.99 a month. Saving you 30% off theCubeNet.

10. UsenetBucket – 400 Mbit Usenet for €9,71/mo.

UsenetBucket offers a number of plans based on download speed.  The 400 Mbit Ultimate bucket is their recommended plan. Gain access to 1,200 days of retention and up to 50 SSL connections.  Take advantage of the UsenetBucket summer special and enjoy unlimited Usenet at speeds up to 400 Mbit for €9,71 a month.  Saving you 25% on UsenetBucket.

Best European (Dutch) Usenet Providers

We’ve had a chance to test a number of European newsgroup providers this year.  The Dutch are very fond of Usenet and it shows in their services.  You’ll find a number of companies located in Europe that offer unlimited, speed capped and block Usenet accounts.  We’d like to share some of our favorites with you today.  You can visit our Dutch Usenet page on NGR for a more comprehensive selection along with reviews of each service.

1. TweakNews

Tweaknews special

TweakNews is our favorite Dutch Usenet service.  They offer a number of flatrate and block accounts.  Best of all, you can take advantage of our special to enjoy unlimited, uncapped Usenet and VPN access from just €7,50 a month. Tweaknews binary retention is 2,500 days which is nearly 7 years of binary posts. That puts them well ahead of every other European Usenet provider other than Eweka. Their very high completion rate and reliability helped them earn the top spot in our list.

The Tweaknews NewsgroupReviews special includes unlimited Usenet and VPN:

  • Unlimited Usenet + VPN – €9,99 a month
  • Unlimited Usenet + VPN – €7,50 a month for 12 months
  • 100 GB block – €13,00 one-time
  • 250 GB block – €30,00 one-time
  • 500 GB block – €45,00 one-time

2. Eweka

Eweka promotion

If you’re looking for a newsgroup provider that rivals the large U. S. companies then we recommend Eweka.  They are the only Dutch option with retention in line with Newshosting and other leading U. S. providers.  Eweka offers access to their tier-1  network for a very fair price.  You can enjoy unlimited Usenet access with free SSL and speeds up to 100 Mbit from just €7,50 a month during their high speed promotion.

Here’s a closer look at the Eweka account offerings:

  • 50 Mbit unlimited – €7,50 for 30 days (our visitors can enjoy a free upgrade to 100 Mbit unlimited)
  • 100 Mbit unlimited – €9,60 for 30 days
  • 1 day test account – €1,10 for 1 day

You’ll find that Eweka offers several hundred days more retention than other European Usenet providers.  If you want the best speed and retention then we highly recommend their service.

3. XLned

XLned

XLned is all about value.  They offer some of the best prices we’ve seen from a leading European Usenet service.  As you can see XLned’s prices start at just €2,99 a month with even lower pricing on 6 month and annual plans.  XLned doesn’t have the higher retention that Eweka offers but they still have two and a half years of binaries.  The XLned plans are based on speed with caps ranging from 2.5 Mbit up to 120 Mbit.

XLned offers five plans with varying speed caps:

  • XL Lite 2.5 Mbit  – €2,99 a month
  • XL Small 5 Mbit – €4,99 a month
  • XL Basic 10 Mbit – €5,99 a month
  • XL Plus 20 Mbit – €6,99 a month
  • XL Gold 120 Mbit – €9,99 a month

4. Pure Usenet

Pure Usenet

Pure Usenet offers more retention than XLned but they are still quite a ways behind Eweka.  Like most Dutch providers, PureUsenet offers speed capped plans.  The difference being that they also offer an uncapped plan for € 8,29 a month.  For that price I would go with the Eweka € 7,50 a month deal for 10 Mbit but if you need even more speed then Pure Usenet is a good choice.  The service is fast and reliable.

Pure Usenet offers six plans based on speed:

  • Pure XS 4 Mbps  – €1,83 a month
  • Pure S 8 Mbps  – €2,63 a month
  • Pure M 20 Mbps  – €3,43 a month
  • Pure L 30 Mbps  – €4,23 a month
  • Pure XL 60 Mbps  – €5,03 a month
  • Pure XXL unlimited  – €6,63 a month

5. UsenetBucket

Usenet Bucket

UsenetBucket is similar to SnelNL in terms of binary retention.  The difference is they do not offer a Usenet client.  You’ll find they offer some accounts with slower speeds for a lower cost.  Along with a super fast 400 Mbit account for a more premium price.  As with all the services on our list, UsenetBucket offers free SSL with their accounts.  They are also one of the only providers that accepts Bitcoin payments.

Here’s a quick look at the UsenetBucket plans:

  • Basic Bucket 10 Mbit – €2,95 for 30 days
  • Comfort Bucket 40 Mbit – €4,95 for 30 days
  • Ultimate Bucket 400 Mbit – €12,95 for 30 days

6. SnelNL

SnelNL

SnelNL is great for users who want a Dutch service with an integrated newsreader.  You can use the SnelNL client to search newsgroups, download, repair and extract content.  It will even preview audio and video files.  The service costs €7,95 a month for speeds up to 60 Mbit.  They have some different account options with speed ranging from 5 Mbps all the way up to 120 Mbps.  SnelNL also offers a 3 day, 1 GB free trial.

SnelNL offers three plans based on speed:

  • Small 5 Mbit  – €3,95 for 30 days
  • Basic 60 Mbit – €6,95 for 30 days
  • Fast 120 Mbit – €8,95 for 30 days

7. XS Usenet

XS Usenet

XS Usenet is best known for their free newsgroup accounts.  They have changed quite a bit over time though.  With several limitations.  The free service is limited to 1 Mbit speeds and 10 days of binary retention.  That might work for some quick fills if you’re going for new content.  If so grab a free account.  Otherwise they offer premium unlimited plans with speed caps ranging from 3 Mbit up to 120 Mbit.

XS Usenet premium unlimited speed capped plans are as follows:

  • 10 mbit – €3,19 a month
  • 25 mbit – €5,19 a month
  • 50 mbit – €7,29 a month
  • 100 mbit – €8,99 a month
  • 150 mbit – €9,99 a month
  • 200 mbit – €13,99 a month

I hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top European (Dutch) Usenet providers.  If you have others you’d like to recommend please contact us via Twitter.  We’ll continue to test services and update our list.

Free Mystery Gift from Eweka

Eweka is in the giving mood this holiday season.  They are currently running a promotion that gives all new members a mystery gift.  Enjoy discounts on Eweka Usenet service along with the possibility of winning free VPN access.  The Eweka Holiday Promotion is currently live and will run through December 26th.  That gives you a couple more days to sign up.  I highly recommend Eweka to anyone seeking a Dutch Usenet provider.

Eweka Holiday Promotion

If you’re looking for a newsgroup provider that rivals the large U. S. companies then we recommend Eweka.  They are the only Dutch option with retention in line with Newshosting and other leading U. S. providers.  Eweka offers access to their tier-1  network for a very fair price.  You can enjoy unlimited Usenet access with free SSL and speeds up to 100 Mbit from just €7,50 a month during their high speed promotion.

Here’s a closer look at the Eweka account offerings:

You’ll find that Eweka offers several hundred days more retention than other European Usenet providers.  If you want the best speed and retention then we highly recommend their service.  Remember that the Mystery Gift Promotion will end on December 26th.  You can still take advantage of the free high speed upgrade after the 26th but if you want the mystery then you’ll want to sign up before the holiday deal ends.

Eweka 10th Anniversary Special

Have you been looking for a good European Usenet service?  If so Eweka is a dutch newsgroup provider that offers high retention and download speeds up to 100 Mbit.  Eweka is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary.  As part of their anniversary promotion Eweka is offering a free month of VPN access and 10 days extra when you buy a subscription.  Visit the Eweka Anniversary Special page to take advantage of the offer.

Eweka Anniversary Promotion

Eweka is our top rated European Usenet provider.  They have the best mix of high retention and performance.  To sign up for Eweka you’ll need to connect to their site from an IP address outside the United States.  So if you’re in the US and want to sign up for Eweka then use a VPN or proxy.  Connect to a VPN server or proxy outside the US and visit their site.  Once it sees your IP address is correct the sign up process is a breeze.

What should you expect from Eweka?

First and foremost you can expect fast, reliable Usenet access.  You’ll connect to their servers in the Netherlands and have full access to the service.  Without any download caps and with speeds up to 100 Mbps.  Eweka offers over 2,175 days of binary retention and growing.  Along with free SSL encryption.  The only thing you aren’t allowed to do is share the account which is typical for unlimited plans.

To take advantage of the offer simply visit the Eweka Anniversary Special page and sign up.  You can read our review to learn more about the service but the best way to test it out is to try Eweka for yourself.  I think you’ll be impressed by the quality of the service.  They are our favorite European provider.

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Eweka World Cup Promotion

We’ve enjoyed sharing a few good summer Usenet promotions lately and will be adding more deals this week.  Today we’d like to share Eweka’s World Cup FIFA 2014 Championship “Free Days” promotion.  From June 12th through July 13th you have a chance to earn free days of Eweka Usenet access.  Are you a big football fan?  Do you know the World Cup teams well enough to choose the winner?  Doing so could earn you two weeks of free Usenet.  Visit the Eweka World Cup promo page to learn more and good luck to your team!

Eweka World Cup Promotion

Eweka members (and new sign ups) will want to have at least 90 days of credits in their account for a chance to win free days during the World Cup Tourney.  Having a year or more of credits will more than double your possible prize.  With each win your team gets you earn more free Eweka days.  Here’s a summary:

Eweka World Cup Giveaway

Eweka is a leading European Usenet service.  Members enjoy over 2,100 days of binary retention along with free SSL and download speeds up to 100 Mbps.  We ran a few speed tests on their network last week and Eweka performed very well.  They support several payment options including PayPal, SMS and iDEAL.

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Eweka 100 Mbit Usenet Special

Have you been thinking about signing up for Eweka?  They are a leading provider of Usenet services in Europe.  Eweka specializes in really fast download speeds.  They offer plans ranging from 50 Mbit all the way up to 100 Mbit.  I wish I could max that out.  If you can then Eweka has a great deal for you.  They are offering a free upgrade to 100 Mbit service for anyone who signs up through the Eweka High-Speed Special page.

Eweka 100 Mbit Special

There are plenty of Usenet fans seeking a European provider.  Either for primary use or as a backup.  We would highly recommend Eweka for either purpose.  If your located in the United States then you’ll want to use a VPN or proxy to visit their site and sign up.  Once a member you can connect from anywhere in the world.

What should you expect from Eweka?

First and foremost you can expect fast, reliable Usenet access.  You’ll connect to their servers in the Netherlands and have full access to the service.  Without any download caps and with speeds up to 100 Mbps.  Eweka offers over 2,050 days of binary retention and growing.  Along with free SSL encryption.  The only thing you aren’t allowed to do is share the account which is typical for unlimited plans.

To take advantage of the offer simply visit the Eweka High-Speed Special page and sign up.  You can read our review to learn more about the service but the best way to test it out is to try Eweka for yourself.  I think you’ll be impressed by the quality of the service.  They are our favorite European provider.

Eweka Hits 2,000 Days Retention

Eweka just passed 2,000 days of binary retention.  A number of other leading Usenet providers hit the mark as well.  The difference being that Eweka is the first Dutch provider to hit that mark.  Placing them well ahead of the competition.  Eweka continues to grow retention on a daily basis.  They are one of our favorite services and the choice of many seeking European access.  If you are outside the Netherlands just use a VPN to sign up.

Eweka

If you’re looking for a newsgroup provider that rivals the large U. S. companies then we recommend Eweka.  They are the only Dutch option with retention in line with Newshosting and other leading U. S. providers.  Eweka offers access to their tier-1  network for a very fair price.  You can enjoy unlimited Usenet access with free SSL and speeds up to 100 Mbit from just €7,50 a month during their high speed promotion.

Here’s a closer look at the Eweka account offerings:

You’ll find that Eweka offers several hundred days more retention than other European Usenet providers.  If you want the best speed and retention then we highly recommend their service.

Eweka Sinterklaas Special

We’re excited to share a promotion with our Dutch friends and visitors throughout Europe.  According to Dutch tradition, Saint Nicholas visits the Netherlands every year on December 5th.  Bringing gifts and candy.  To celebrate Eweka is offering a Sinterklaas special.  New and existing customers who top off 10 months of access between December 5th and December 7th will receive an additional two months of free Usenet.

Eweka Sinterklaas Special

Eweka is well known for both quality and value.  Their binary retention rivals other leading Usenet providers and is the highest we’ve seen for a European service.  They currently have over 1,930 days of retention and growing.  You can read our Eweka review to learn more about the service.  Remember that new and existing Eweka members can take advantage of the offer.  Just make sure to visit the Sinterklaas special page by Dec. 7th.

Eweka Free High Speed Usenet Upgrade

Have you been looking for a good European Usenet provider.  Eweka is a dutch newsgroup service with really fast download speeds.  They offer two account types based on speed.  Including a 50 Mbit plan for €7,50 a month and 100 Mbit for €9,60 a month.  That works out to around $10 for 50 Mbit and $12.80 for 100 Mbit.  You can enjoy a free upgrade to the 100 Mbit high speed plan through their loyalty bonus program.

Eweka High Speed Promotion

To qualify for the free high speed upgrade you’ll want to add 90 days of credit to your Eweka account.  Then simply log into your account and activate the bonus.  You don’t need to keep 90 days of credit ongoing to keep the high speed bonus.  Just to qualify in the beginning.  You’ll enjoy 100 Mbit downloads as long as your account is active.  If you ever let it lapse just add 90 days of credit again and activate the bonus.

Here are some more details from Eweka’s loyalty program FAQ:

V: How will I become eligible for the Loyalty Bonus program?
A: Pay for or already have in your account more than 90 days of access credit and you’ll be able to boost your access speed from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Refer to this guide for more information.

V: What if I already have more than 90 days of credits in my account? Do I qualify?
A: Yes! As long as you have more than 90 days of credits in your account on or after August 29 2011 you automatically become eligible.

V: I have been a loyal customer for many years, yet I pay every month automatically. Do I qualify?
A: While we appreciate your business, this special is only given for customers who have more than 90 days of credits in their account to trigger the bonus. Please manually “top-off” your account to have more than 90 days of credits to qualify. Once it’s been activated you no longer need to keep a high balance, just keep your account active.

V: What will the speed difference be?
A: Eweka’s standard speed is 50 MB/s and the high speed access will be at 100 MB/s. Please check your connection speed to see if you can take advantage of the higher speeds.

V: I’m eligible for the high speed Loyalty Bonus program, how do I activate it?
A: Simply log into your account and activate the high speed bonus.

V: How do I know how many days I have left on my account?
A: You can check this by logging into My Eweka.

V: I just paid for 90 days am I eligible for the Loyalty Bonus program?
A: If your account balance is above 90 days you’ve qualified. All you need to do to stay active in the program is to keep your account active.

V: I used to be a member of the Loyalty Bonus program but I’ve accidentally let my account run out of credits. Will the high speed bonus continue once I put additional credits into my account?
A: Because you’ve let your bonus run out you will need to reactivate the program with a 90 day allotment of Eweka credits. Unfortunately any amount under this will not reactivate the Loyalty Bonus program.

Read our Eweka review to learn more about the service or sign up and enjoy the free high speed upgrade