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Newsleecher Review

NewsLeecher is a USENET access provider that offers unlimited everything, as the company puts it. They provide unlimited access to downloads and to speed, so those with a fast Internet connection have something to entice them toward this service. They also have European servers available.

Binary Retention

NewsLeecher currently offers 1912 days of binary retention, among the higher figures available among providers. This service is very much oriented toward binary downloads, so the retention time comes as no surprise. The service also offers 3,800 days of text retention, as well.


There are four packages available from this provider, each of which has its own features:

  • Ready to Go: All features, including updates, search and download for $11.99 per month with a reduced price of $8.49 for the first three months.
  • Pure USENET: Unlimited USENET access for $9.49.
  • Client Plus: This includes the search features and the client for $3.99 per month.
  • Client: $2.99 per month gets you the newsreader software with customer support.

Free Trial Info

NewsLeecher offers a 14-day free trial with 14GB of downloads, which they refer to as leeching. You can cancel within this period and you won’t get billed anything. This provides a good way to try out the service without committing to it right away.

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NewsLeecher Coupons

Not available at present but there is the discount available on the Ready to Go package that lasts 3 months. This gives you the regular $11.99 package for $8.49.

Payment Options

You can Pay for your USENET subscription through NewsLeecher with:

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • PayPal

Special Considerations

NewsLeecher will automatically connect you to the nearest available server. With the concerns about privacy in the US, going with the European server may be a better option and it is possible to set up the clients so that you access the EU server preferentially. The servers do provide SSL encryption, though there is an array of unencrypted ports available, as well.


Private SSL access is offered over port 563. Ports 80 and 81 are also available and can be chosen, if preferred. Unencrypted access is available over ports 23, 443, 3128, 7000, 8000 and 9000. SSL is included with the Ready to Go and Pure USENET packages and is 256-bit strength. Up to 30 connections can be used at once, ether non-encrypted or encrypted.


NewsLeecher might be a good option if you’re interested in a service that offers unlimited downloads. The pricing is certainly competitive and the security ensures that you don’t have to worry about throttling or anyone spying on your traffic. The European server access may be tempting to users who want to take their service out of the US.

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2 Comments about Newsleecher Review

  1. Jo Bali on November 22nd, 2011

    “Newsleecher has a few pricing plans. Unfortunately, they all are yearly pricing plans. $20 / year for just the Newsleecher software”

    ..IMO is not precise enough. You pay $20 for Newsleecher and you will receive software updates for 1 year. After that you can renew your license or just continue using the latest version within this year.

  2. David on May 29th, 2013

    Newsleecher is fantastic and easy to use and I can highly recommend it. It is unfortunate that they changed to a yearly fee. I was lucky to still get the one off fee a couple of years ago, although I am now stuck on version 4.0. Would pay another $20 for an upgrade to 5.0, but that is not how it works :-(

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