NewsgroupDirect is an older and well respected Usenet provider that offers good retention, article completion and above average customer support. They have an excellent free trial option for new users. They also have an Unlimited plan that comes with online storage—also unlimited—and options for block accounts. The block accounts never expire and never auto renew.
NewsgroupDirect offers 2,156 days of retention at present. They continue to add to that figure on a daily basis.
Newsgroup Direct has several different pricing options. The retention figure is the same across the board. The pricing options include:
- Starter: 20GB/month and 20 connections for $8 per month
- Pro: 40GB/month and 20 connections for $12 per month
- Power: 60GB/month and 50 connections for $15.00 per month
- Unlimited: Unlimited downloads and 50 connections for $20.00 per month
All of the plans come with free posting, free headers and compression and a free trial option. The unlimited plan includes unlimited online storage and 10 NGD invites. All of the plans save for the starter have SSL encryption included with them.
Block accounts come with 50 SSL connections, never expire and do not auto renew. The pricing is as follows:
- 25GB for $8
- 100GB for $20
- 250GB for $32
- 500GB for $60
- 1,000GB for $100
- 3,000GB for $275
NewsgroupDirect Free Trial
NewsgroupDirect offers a 15 GB free trial for 7 days, after which your plan begins billing at the rate you signed up for. Click here for the latest details.
None at present, though the free trial offer that comes with every subscription option is excellent.
With NewsgroupDirect, download speeds are unlimited or rather limited only by your personal Internet connection.
SSL connections come with all NewsgroupDirect plans except the Starter level package. Block connections do include SSL.
Other Nice Features
NewsgroupDirect also offers a block access option that’s good for people who don’t use their USENET connection frequently, but who want to make sure that they have some means of accessing it when the need arises. The unlimited storage that comes with the Unlimited plan is also a great value.
NewsgroupDirect has most of the features that you would look for in a newsgroup provider and they wouldn’t be a bad choice if you were looking for non-expiring block Usenet access. The Starter package lacks the protection of SSL, but upgrading one level is very inexpensive and provides the SSL protection.
NewsgroupDirect is a good Usenet provider and they have been around for a long time. While their regular monthly USENET plans are more expensive, they do have one of the better block access plans out there.