The world of Usenet can be quite tricky to understand completely, especially for beginner users. Even before laying your hands on the files, you must first choose a provider and that’s where many people encounter their first obstacle to overcome; there are just so many to discover, each with their own unique features and another million reasons to convince you to opt for them. Because here at Best Reviews we want you to have a positive experience with the least bumps on the road as possible, today we bring you a comparison between two providers with more than enough arguments to be your next choice, despite being quite different from one another. Regardless, all providers deserve the same space and without further ado let’s meet UsenetBucket and Easynews.
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Retention Time||1,200 days||3,118 days|
|Privacy and Security Features|
|1 Month Plan||$3.38/mo|
|3 Months Plan||$3.38/mo ($10.14)||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||$3.38/mo ($20.28)||n/a|
|1 Year Plan||$3.38/mo ($40.56)||n/a|
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|Languages||EN, DE, FR, PT, NL, NO, SE, DK||EN, NL|
UsenetBucket is a young European competitor in the Usenet industry, having only begun its life in 2011 in the Netherlands. Although our experience with it was quite bumpy, meaning we couldn’t recommend it for any Usenet newcomers, the truth is that after some time we discovered that the potential of this provider lies beneath a few layers of confusion. UsenetBucket delivers a mix of NNTP and HTTP access, since you’re required to install a newsreader but only for the downloads themselves. In turn, the newsgroups and files that they contain are accessed via a Usenet search engine called binsearch.net – which must be visited via a web browser – and then create a NZB file to export and download it through the newsreader. There is also an app for iPhones, available for free in Apple’s App Store, which allows accessing Usenet and managing your accounts’ control panel.
UsenetBucket features 1,200 days retention and a maximum of 50 connections. And because the company doesn’t want to ease up on security it has made all its plans include SSL connections through ports 443 and 563, as well as ensuring a trustworthy no-log policy and allowing anonymous payment methods too. There are three plans to choose from and, unlike other providers, there are no data transfer limits, but speed and number of connections is greatly affected by your choice. All of them are monthly-based, but it’s possible to choose quarterly and annual subscriptions too. The cheapest one costs approximately $3.38 per month and delivers up to 25 connections at a max speed of 10Mbit. The top speed and number of connections is 400Mbit and 50 respectively, but to use them you must bind for the Ultimate Bucket plan, costing $14.85. There’s also a free account , which is available for seven days and allows up to 5GB data download.
Easynews is another Usenet veteran since it’s been delivering its services to the world for over 15 years with the primary goal of making it easy and friendly for all users, both starters and experts. And if our experience with its service proved something it’s that Easynews achieves this goal thanks to a smooth experience capable of attracting even the most demanding customer. One of the features we liked the most is the fact that you can choose between accessing Usenet using the NNTP protocol with a newsreader or the HTTP one directly from their website, which makes everything as easy as it can be. Even more, with an Easynews membership clients also get access to two mobile apps for Android devices – though these are provided by third parties – AES 256-bit encryption and a free VPN equipped with NAT Firewall.
Easynews delivers more than 100,000 newsgroups with a retention rate of 3,118 days and a maximum of 60 connections. There are three plans available to choose from but unfortunately prices can be a bit costly for some, especially considering the limits of the lower plans: the most cost-friendly price is $9.98 per month although the service is quite limited in data transfers and such. In order to remove all limitations and enjoy Usenet at its full power you’ll have to invest in Big Gig, which costs $29.94 per month, which is still the best value considering what’s on offer. All plans can be tested for free thanks to a 14-day trial.
Although this may seem a bit of a disloyal answer, both providers have their pros and cons. While UsenetBucket is not recommended for beginner users because it pretty much leaves users to discover everything on their own, its fast download speeds and attractive prices can be a heavy decider when the time comes. Also, the importance given to security – that is extended to the amount of payment methods featuring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – was surely something we appreciated. It is a disappointment though that it still doesn’t feature a VPN. Easynews, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of UsenetBucket: a simple and easy to use service without ever getting confusing or unbalanced in which the only slight criticism we have with the service is its pricing, which is quite high – especially on its lower and very limited plans.
Regardless, the decision in which to invest in is up to you, but before taking any action make sure you use the free trial accounts available with both providers and try the services for yourself. Don’t forget to visit our complete reviews too, where you’ll find all details about UsenetBucket and Easynews.
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