Bintube Review

Bintube Review
3 / 5
Bintube Review
Rating 3 Stars
Price $9.16 / Month
Retention 3000 Days
Free Trial No Free Trial
Features Newsreader Builtin
No NNTP Only Connections
Only One Plan
Payment Credit Cards Only

BinTube offers a very simple USENET access package with only one plan. The company takes Bitcoin, which might make it tempting for privacy-centered users.

Quick Facts

  • One Package
  • Unlimited Speed and Downloads
  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • SSL (Privacy Protection)
  • Software Included

Binary Retention

BinTube says it currently has 3000 days of binary retention on its servers.

Pricing

BinTube only has one plan, on a subscription basis.

  • Unlimited Access
  • SSL
  • Newsreader Included

Free Trial info

There’s currently no free trial offered from this provider.

Special Offers / Coupons

There are currently no specials on offer from this provider.

Speed Test

BinTube did very well in speed testing, which is common with USENET providers, most of which can easily max out most broadband connections.

Connections

BIntube allows you to use 30 connections with their service.

News Servers / Ports / Configuration

Server address: us.bintube.com
Encrypted Port: 443
Unencrypted Port: 119

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: I have my own newsreader, can I use it with this service? – A: Yes, BinTube offers a free and paid version of its own software, but you’re free to use your choice of newsreader on their system, as well. Their software comes pre configured for their service, but it does allow you to add other USENET servers, as well.
  • Q: Why is Bitcoin important for USENET services? – A: USENET isn’t smiled upon in all nations and, therefore, some people who subscribe want to keep their subscription private. Bitcoin offers a great option for this, as its better for privacy than using credit cards or other popular payment methods. For users who aren’t concerned about payment provider security, however, one of the other payment methods might be preferable and simpler.
  • Q: Why do they offer only one subscription? – A: BinTube does a good job in this regard, as most providers offer some type of limited access that’s priced slightly less than unlimited access, but price their unlimited access higher than BinTube’s. BinTube’s package and price are good, so it’s worth considering, though we prefer our recommended providers, such as Newshosting, Eweka, and Tweaknews.
  • Q: Do I have to bother with SSL? – A: SSL Is pretty much all good with no bad points. It protects your privacy, which is really necessary these days, due to more intrusive ISPs and governments. It won’t slow your connection down and, in most cases, any USENET service should be able to utilize all of your connection speed for downloading.
    Q: Is there a VPN option with this providerA: No. You have two options as far as VPNs go. You could either add a VPN account separately from a VPN provider or you could go with a different USENET access provider that offers VPN along with their news server access. Newshosting, UsenetServer, Tweaknews and other providers all offer VPN access as part of their packages or at a discounted rate to their subscribers. If you want to bundle, we suggest those providers.
    Q: Why would I care about a VPN if the USENET provider offers SSL? – A: The SSL your USENET provider offers only protects you when you’re accessing their news servers. When you’re accessing any other network resource—including the Internet—USENET service provider SSL doesn’t protect you. VPNs encrypt all your network traffic, so everything is protected when you’re online.
    Q: Do I need to use the VPN with my USENET access? – A: No. Your USENET traffic, provided you’re using an SSL port, is protected. You don’t need to use the VPN if you’re only downloading off of USENET.
    Q: I keep hearing “bin”: What does that mean? – A: “Bin” is short for “binary.” If you haven’t heard this term before, you’re probably new to USENET. Binaries are files that are uploaded to the USENET system. Because USENET has very fast transfer speeds, it’s used quite a bit for large files, such as operating systems and so forth. When people say “bin,” they mean “binary” and a binary can be many different types of files, from video to audio to programs.

Support

Bintube has a detailed FAQ section and a ticketing system. You can submit a support ticket via their website

Contact Information

BinTube, LLC.
1680 Michigan Ave.
Suite 700
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Security /Company Privacy Policy

BinTube says that it does not log any user activity. They will have to share your payment information with payment processors, of course but, beyond that, they claim not to share your information with third parties unless presented with a warrant from a law enforcement agency.

Payment Options

BinTube accepts major credit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin for payment.

Our Opinion

BinTube isn’t bad at all, but it doesn’t stand out above and beyond our top providers. The one plan feature is actually a relief, however, from some providers that offer so many different plans that it becomes almost too many options. BinTube is straightforward in this regard: just get the plan and you’re good to go. Their included newsgroup software makes things easier still, so there are definitely some upsides to this company.

Our preferred providers, however, generally do offer options in a way that allows users to pick something even less expensive than what BinTube offers and to get other features, to boot. Block access, for instance, is the least expensive option for infrequent USENET users; far better than a subscription. Where subscriptions are concerned, throwing in discounted or even outright included VPN takes some of our recommended providers way above and beyond what BinTube is offering.

If you want something simple, easy to get going with and that requires minimal attention to details,BinTube is certainly and option. For our money, however, people looking to pay the least possible amount for their USENET access will do better with a provider that offers bock accounts, such as Tweaknews. Those who want the maximum value for their dollar will do better going with one of our preferred USENET companies that include VPN with their service. BinTube might be a good deal and easy to use, but it’s still going to be more expensive for some users than other options.


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1 Comment about Bintube Review


  1. Bean on November 3rd, 2012

    After having been a dedicated user of Easynews for over a decade, I guess I’ve been spoiled. I just tried out Bintube. Wow…where do I start? Lets start with their servers….forget using a 3rd party newsreader. Sure, there are several superior products out there…just don’t do it. What you’ll end up with is +20GB of useless data before you realize that although their search engine considers the data sets complete EVERY SINGLE FILE in the data sets will be incomplete INCLUDING the pars. Fire up the featureless Bintube reader and you’ll be able to dnload those pars and rescue your data. Ask their support why? “Bintube reader has access to cache servers 3rd party readers don’t”. Roughly translated that means use their reader…or else.

    Lets talk about their reader. First, there’s 0 automation. Second, don’t plan on queuing up files if you need to pause anything or reprioritize. Pausing will pause the current dnload. But, if you say…..happen to dnload another data set with incompletes…yes even with their reader & their search site indicating the set is 100% complete…and you want to stop a running dnload to reprioritize a set of pars to rescue the first data set, as soon as that has completed you’ll notice that the previous dnload you paused has now restarted, every time a new dnload completes. In fact there really isn’t any way to reprioritize your dnloads, you can only pause them or delete them.

    The natural conclusion of that headache is to of course use a 3rd party reader which brings you back to the fact that your completion rate will be a dismal 16% if my experience is any conclusion. Out of 6 data sets I dnloaded, only 1 was complete. That’s an 83% incomplete rate. Geezus, I want Easynews again.

    IDK, maybe I’m just doing it wrong…

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