If you were enjoying the free USENET access provided by Binload, those days are gone. The company has gone premium and, from now on, you’ll have to pay $7.99 per month for the service. There is still a 14-day free trial available to users who have not taken advantage of the free beta period, which went on for over a year and a half.
Like all companies that take their business from a free service to a paid service, the pressure to perform racks up. Binload will have to establish that it is worth the money they are charging, which is comparatively low for USENET access.
The strengths of the service include their customer support and 1,100 days of binary retention. The retention period, however, is a little bit behind what some other providers are offering at present. In fact, there has been something of a competition going on between some of our top providers in terms of offering very long retention rates.
The price, however, may make this service tempting to users. Even though it is lower than what some other USENET services are offering at present, the price difference is still rather slight. For example, many of our top providers offer unlimited USENET access for around $10 per month, while Binload is really only offering a discount of about two dollars over that price.
If you’ve already been using the Binload service for USENET access as part of the free trial, you may want to go ahead and sign up for the paid service to see if it stacks up. It’s easy enough to switch services if you’re not satisfied with what Binload has to offer. Still, it’s always sad to see something that was formerly free end up costing money but, with so much competition among USENET services, it was only a matter of time before Binload had to start charging for what they offer.