It can be tricky understanding every aspect of Usenet, especially for beginners just getting to grips with the services available. The first step, even, is to figure out which Usenet provider to go with, and when there are so many available – and all with varying benefits – that’s not such an easy task. What aspects of each provider stand out from the other, and what is it that you’re looking for that will be the deciding factor? You’ll need to consider every angle of a Usenet service, from retention times and pricing to level of security and any additional extras bundled in – it’s all integral to knowing which provider will be the right one for you. Luckily this decision doesn’t need to be too overwhelming thanks to safer choices like Easynews and Giganews, who are both among the cream of the crop in the world of Usenet providers. But who comes out on top when the two are compared?
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Easynews has become one of the world’s most cherished companies since it started over 15 years ago thanks to its ultimate goal to make the Usenet a friendly and easy tool for everyone. Besides, it also contributes to several humanitarian institutions, though that’s not entirely the reason why it is so popular. With Easynews you will get access to over 100,000 newsgroups, 3,118 days of retention and up to 60 connections. But probably the best feature of Easynews is the fact that you can choose between accessing the Usenet normally through a newsreader via the NNTP protocol or directly from their website via HTTP. Furthermore, there are two mobile apps for Android provided by third parties and security is quite solid too with an AES 256-bit encryption and a free VPN featuring a NAT Firewall.
Easynews offers three plans to choose from (Classic, Plus and Big Gig) and whichever you pick will determine the extent of service you get, setting your data caps and more. The first one is the cheapest, costing only $9.98 per month but comes with quite a limited service while all the limits are removed with the Big Gig option. However, all plans include a 14-day free trial, so you can be sure of the service you want before investing.
Giganews was created in 1994 and it evolved quickly to what it is today: one of the top leaders in Usenet services in the world. To start with, it offers its own newsreader, Mimo, which not only was designed with Giganews’ multi-year retention in mind but also allows a lot of customization, such as being able to choose the search engines that suit you best and much more. You don’t need to pay any extra for Mimo, either, nor do you need to for Giganews Accelerator, a tool to help you boost your downloads.
Giganews also offers 110k+ newsgroups and more than six and eight years of retention for binary and text respectively. And don’t think the company is soft on security, since besides a 256-bit SSL encrypted Usenet connection you’re also given a VyprVPN subscription for free when opting for Giganews’ Platinum or Diamond plans. The latter is the most complete and even grants 50% off your first monthly payment, though the lowest priced plan is Pearl, billed at $4.99 per month. And just like Easynews, all plans include a 14-day free trial.
Ultimately the choice is up to you, but these two are certainly some of the best Usenet providers the world has to offer. Where Giganews offers more retention, its own newsreader and an accelerator, Easynews counters that by allowing Usenet access via both NNTP and HTTP, as well as featuring apps for Android. In both cases the choice of your plan will dictate just how much of the service you’ll be getting, which makes picking the most complete (and therefore most expensive) plans almost a requirement to enjoy the Usenet at its fullest. However, if you’re just taking your first steps into the scene or you just want to test how reliable a certain provider is, opting for one of the cheapest plans can also be a good pick, not to mention the handy 14-day free trial you’ll get on both.
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