Newsguy Review

Newsguy Review
3 / 5
Newsguy Review
Rating 3 Stars
Price $9.99 / Month
Retention 300 Days
Free Trial 2 Days 20 GB
Features Monthly Limits
Selling Email accounts
Yearly discount
Payment Credit Cards only

Newsguy has been around for a long time, but their offerings don’t really seem to have kept pace with the times. While web access to USENET and email is available from this provider, we feel that our readers would do well to spend their money elsewhere.

Quick Facts

  • SSL (Privacy Protection)
  • Bandwidth on Demand Option
  • Web Access
  • Email Service Available
  • 14-Day Free Trial

Binary Retention

Newsguy offers 1,300 days of retention. This is less than half of what our best providers offer.

Pricing

The pricing models on Newsguy are straightforward enough. You get 15 GB of data for $10 per month. You can add to that if you wish. You’ll get a 33% discount if you sign up for 12 months of service. Any plan comes with free email service.

Name Price Download Limits Connections
1 month $10 15 GB 32

Free Trial info

Newsguy offers a 14-day free trial. If you don’t want the service after that time has passed, cancel before your subscription officially begins.

Special Offers / Coupons

The only special offer with this provider is a discount of 33% that applies to one-year signups.

Speed Test

Newsguy is fast. They did well in our speed tests, as most USENET providers do.

Connections

You can use up to 32 simultaneous connections with this provider, but you probably won’t need anywhere near that amount to max out your bandwidth. If your downloads are going too slow and adding connections doesn’t help, try reducing the number of connections. Too many connections will slow down your download speeds.

News Servers / Ports / Configuration

Server address: news.newsguy.com

Ports

  • Unsecured :119, 80, 8080
  • SSL Encryption :443, 563

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: I’m having a hard time finding out information about this provider. Is that a problem? –  Newsguy’s About page, while amusing, offers little of substance. There’s no reason we can find to doubt this company, but there’s precious little contact information that we can give to our readers—address, phone number, etc.—and that does prevent them from getting a recommendation from us.
  • Q: What’s the Web Access feature? –  It allows you to access USENET content without using a newsreader, which may be easier for some subscribers. You can check out Easynews, one of our recommended providers, for a more advanced version of this feature, which also comes at a lower price.
  • Q: Is using a credit card for USENET access safe?  Yes, as long as the provider is legitimate, it should be fine. There are some users located in jurisdictions that might want to avoid using easily-traceable payment methods, however. If that describes you, we highly recommend going with a provider that accepts some type of anonymous payment. Many of our best providers accept Bitcoin, which is generally preferred for private online transactions.
  • Q: What kinds of newsreaders work with this service?  Anything should work. There are great newsreaders out there, from Newsbin to Grabbit to more specialized applications, such as Sonarr and Sickbeard, which are used for downloading binaries. Newsguy—and most other providers, for that matter—will allow you to use whatever newsreader you wish, though some come with preconfigured readers that might be the easiest options for some users.
  • Q: Is the email service a valuable addon? –  It seems a bit dated in our present day, when free email accounts are widely available. If you want an email address at the Newsguy domain, it might be worth it. Alternately, you could get block access from one of our best providers for half the price of what Newsguy charges and get a free email account from any number of providers.
  • Q: Is there phone support from this provider or an address? –  No.
  • Q: How are the prices compared to other providers? –  They’re not great but they’re also not the most expensive we’ve seen. In the end, however, you’ll do better to go with one of our preferred providers, as they offer a better deal for the money you spend. If you want limited access—such as a block access account—to save money, go ahead and buy regular block access from one of our best providers. You’ll get more for your money.

Support

Support issues can be reported via their contact page.

Contact Information

The only contact information for this provider is their web form, which is also used for support. You can find it at: http://www.newsguy.com/contact.htm

Security /Company Privacy Policy

Payment Options

Newsguy accepts credit cards for payment.

Our Opinion

Newsguy seems a bit dated to us. Their plans aren’t particularly affordable. While 15 GB for $10 might seem steep, you can get that same amount of data from Easynews for literally half the price. Many of our best providers offer unlimited downloads for a lower price than Newsguy charges for 15 GB, as well.

All in all, this provider seems good, but dated. The website doesn’t have the kind of information we like to see from our providers. While there’s a plenty of history with this company in terms of how long they’ve been at it, we like to see at least an address from our providers so we can vouch for them with more confidence.

There’s nothing bad about Newsguy except the dated nature of their plans and their site and, for us, that’s enough to leave them out of the running for our recommendation. You can get more value for your money with any of our preferred providers. You’ll also get better information about the company, better contact options and more from any of our preferred vendors. The web access feature that Newsguy offers is nice, but it’s also an offering that our preferred providers do a bit better, in our opinion, and for a better price.

Our final recommendation is to look elsewhere. USENET has been around for a long time, but that’s no reason to not have cutting-edge service. Live support, included newsreaders, cheap access and more are all available from our best providers and we recommend that you look to any of them for superior service.


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