UsenetCentral is a sister company to Fast-Usenet.org. They offer competitive retention times, a good number of connections and SSL security. They also have good pricing.
Binary retention at this provider is set to 1100 days at present. Text retention is at more than 1,400 days.
Pricing on this provider is based on the amount you can download over the course of a month, with an unlimited plan being available. Pricing is as follows.
- 6GB for $3.95/month
- 15GB for $4.95/month
- 35GB for $6.95/month
- Unlimited for $10.95/month
All of these plans come with 50 connections and access to 120,000 newsgroups. There are US and European servers available.
Free Trial Info
You can sign up for a free trial of any one of this provider’s programs. The free trial runs for 14 days, after which your account converts to the standard pricing for whichever download allotment you signed up for.
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Payment options for this provider include:
This provider offers a version of the GrabIt Newsreader with a search feature built in. This is a simple reader that makes it easy to download content. The search feature normally costs $3.99, but it comes free with your subscription to this service.
This company does offer 24-hour tech support, so you’ll have someone to ask if you run into issues. If you just want a fast answer and don’t want to go through support, UsenetCentral has an extensive knowledge base available to members.
UsenetCentral offers 256-bit SSL encryption over specified ports. This allows you to use the service with better privacy. The secure ports on UsenetCentral are 563 and 5563. If you want to use a standard port—unsecured—you can use 20, 23, 53, 119, 443, 8080, 9000, 9001, or 9002. Secured ports are highly recommended as, not only do they prevent monitoring of your traffic, they also prevent traffic shaping efforts on the part of your ISP, which could slow your download speed.
UsenetCentral has good pricing and offers plenty of connections to their servers. They also offer SSL security, which is a must-have option for anyone using the USENET system. Even if you normally connect over an unsecured port, it’s good to have the option and you may want to consider changing over to SSL protection.
UsenetCentral is definitely offering a good deal, but we still recommend our preferred providers. –See our lists of preferred providers here.