XSUsenet Review

XSUsenet Review
3 / 5
XSUsenet Review
Rating 3 Stars
Price $11.95 / Month
Retention 1100 Days
Free Trial 10 Days or 25 GB
Features Dutch Servers
VPN Available
Yearly Discount
Payment Multiple Payment Options

XS Usenet is headquartered in the Netherlands. They offer an unlimited USENET access package, along with an add-on VPN.

Quick Facts

  • Unlimited Speed and Downloads
  • EU Servers
  • Bitcoin Accepted
  • SSL (Privacy Protection)
  • VPN Add-On

Binary Retention

XS Usenet offers 1,100 days of retention on its servers. This is approximately half of the retention figures our best providers offer.

Pricing

There’s only one package available from XS Usenet, which includes unlimited downloads and download speed. You can add VPN to the service for an additional $2.99 per month.

Free Trial info

There’s currently no secure free trial available from this provider.

Special Offers / Coupons

We don’t have any special offers to share from this provider, but we’ll be sure to share with our readers if we do.

Speed Test

XS Usenet did well in testing. If you have trouble with speed, you can contact their tech support or check with your ISP. Most USENET services are very fast.

Connections

XS Usenet offers 50 connections with its subscription offering, but most users will be able to get away with fewer than 20 and still max out their bandwidth.

News Servers / Ports / Configuration

Reader.xsusenet.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Are free, non-SSL USENET accounts safe?: Not in our opinion. There are far too many ways your privacy can be compromised online. In addition to privacy concerns, some ISPs throttle USENET traffic, which will seriously limit your download speeds. We recommend that you always connect with SSL and that you not use unencrypted connections, even on free accounts.
  • Q: What’s a VPN and should I have one?: VPNs—Virtual Private Network—are products that are used to enhance privacy online. They provide the same type of encryption that SSL connections to your USENET server offer, but VPNs provide that protection to any of your network activities, rather than just your USENET. You should have one, in our opinion, but our best providers offer better deals on VPN service to go along with your USENET subscription.
  • Q: Does this company have tech support in English?: Yes. They provide tech support in English and their FAQ is well-written and easy to follow. You shouldn’t have any problems with language barriers.
  • Q: I’m in the Americas. Will the time difference affect me?: It might if you’re looking for tech support, but most USENET providers are very good about remaining available around the clock. USENET, just like the Internet, is a 24-hour operation, and most companies make sure their customers can get help whenever they need it.
  • Q: Can I use any newsreader with this service?: Yes. Most USENET services have no restrictions on what newsreaders you may use. All you need to do is configure your newsreader to match the instructions given at the site. The server address for the SSL-enabled server this company offers is provided below, as well.
  • Q: Is Bitcoin secure?: Bitcoin is a better privacy option than credit card payments, which is why a lot of people choose to pay for services. Using it is very similar to cash. There are other cryptocurrencies, as well, but this provider only accepts Bitcoin, which is common among USENET companies that accept cryptocurrency at all.
  • Q: Is USENET different than the Internet?: Yes. USENET has been in popular use longer than the Internet. While you get access to your USENET service through the broadband connection provided by your ISP, just as you get your access through the Internet, your ISP usually doesn’t provide USENET access. They used to, at one time, but it’s not common any more. Remember, however, that USENET is not available if your broadband connection is down.
  • Q: Why is my USENET service faster with SSL turned on?: Some USENET users get faster speed with SSL because their ISPs throttle NNTP traffic. Confused yet? It’s not that hard to understand. Essentially, USENET allows people to download binaries—files—very quickly and ISPs don’t want those users hogging all their bandwidth downloading files, so they throttle USENET traffic. If you’re on SSL, your ISP can’t see that you’re using USENET, so they don’t throttle the traffic. We recommend always using SSL, even if it makes your connection a bit slower, which isn’t really likely. SSL is about privacy, and privacy is something we think you should care about.

Support

There’s a knowledgebase on the XS Usenet site where you can get information for the most common questions. You can also email support from the web form at https://portal.xsusenet.com/submitticket.php?step=2&deptid=4.

Contact Information

XS Usenet B.V.
Boyleweg 2
3208 KA Spijkenisse

Security /Company Privacy Policy

XS Usenet only collects the information necessary to process payments. They do not log your USENET service.

Payment Options

You can pay for your service with Bitcoin or major credit cards.

Our Opinion

XS Usenet offers a good subscription package, although their prices are higher than our best providers. Nonetheless, their unlimited package cost is comparable to what some companies charge for limited plans, so it goes in their favor that they do stay competitive with other companies in that regard. We still find our best providers to have better prices for higher levels of service, however.
The VPN add-on is something we highly recommend if your chosen provider offers it. Many of our best providers do. VPNs protect all the network traffic on your computer, which is great for privacy. Remember that, if you start downloading USENET resources like NZBs from Internet sites, that download is not necessarily encrypted. Some NZB indexers don’t use HTTPS on their websites, so your traffic is visible to your ISP or anyone else watching. With a VPN, that traffic is secure, and that’s why we recommend having a VPN so strongly. It’s worth the modest extra cost and, for most people, buying a VPN subscription packaged with USENET, as offered by this provider, as well as Newshosting, Tweaknews, and UsenetServer, will be cheaper than buying VPN by itself.
Check out our best providers for more information on VPN options. We like that XS Usenet offers VPN, but our top providers are still better deals all around.

Name Price Connections Max Speed Data Limit
Premium $11.95 50 Unlimited Unlimited


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10 Comments about XSUsenet Review


  1. damion on February 20th, 2013

    XSusenet does not allow sabnzbd apparently

  2. Billytsik on May 27th, 2013

    As a customer here is my opinion.
    Lets get the facts straight.
    The free account doesn’t work EVER !
    They DON’T have paypal. They DO have paysafe (in a confusing. eat all your points way)
    No Credit Card.
    The price is about 8 euros/ month
    And last but not least I Renew my subscription from Friday and i still can’t connect (Monday). I opened a support ticket, I send a Facebook message i even posted on their wall but haven’t heard from them.
    They have taken my payment and never returned my account to a working condition.
    In a nutshell the DON’T HAVE customer support at all !

  3. UW8-ANE-3QRE on June 26th, 2013

    XSUsenet will steal your money with paysafecard. the transaction will proceed far enough to have your $$ deducted but you WILL NOT receive the service you paid for.

    I filed a complaint with Paysafecard as well and still my money is stolen!

    AVOID IF YOU PLAN ON USING PAYSAFECARD

  4. whatever on July 9th, 2013

    DO NOT USE THEM – Lost money with paysafecard as well. Can’t get any response from them, no ticket support.. nothing.

  5. Daniel on January 14th, 2014

    I’ve only ever used the free tier of XSUsenet so far and cannot confirm Billytsik’s problems. I don’t remember ever having had any problems connecting with my free account, and I always got the full promised 1Mbps. Maybe you should check your client configuration. XSUsenet has proven to be far more reliable and consistent than the previous free binary Usenet access I’ve been using (j***4*****).

    I would be interested to hear whether they have taken care of the paysafecard payment problems, because I’m thinking about upgrading my account to the 3Mbps tier, and paysafe would probably be my only way.

  6. ely on February 4th, 2014

    Avoid.

  7. Marco on July 13th, 2014

    A lot of misinformation in the comments section here. I’ve been using paid XSUsenet for half a year now, and before that the free service for about a year. Granted, not a lot of time to give much of an experience report, but enough to correct some of the wrong info spread here.

    Why would they block SABnzbd? (Can they even find out what you use?) I’ve used SABnzbd on both free and paid accounts exclusively, never any problem. Check your settings.

    The free account worked for me most of the time. There are occasionally downtimes of a few hours, once it was a few days. It’s free, get over it.

    They do take credit cards. Visa and Mastercard directly, more cards via Google Wallet. They also accept Bitcoin, some bank transfer services, and Paysafecard (the latter a big plus in my book).

    No subscription is €8 a month. Prices range from €3.19/m (3 Mbit) to €9.99/m (120 Mbit). That is when using monthly payment. Discounts when paying for 3/6/12 months in advance. No auto-renew.

    I get the problems after renewal of the subscription too. You get a new password *and* a new login for every renewal, so you have to reset all your settings in SABnzbd. Sometimes I also have to restart SABnzbd to get it to log in, but it always worked in the end.

    I only ever paid using Paysafecard. In one instance I had strange problems that wouldn’t let me pay. I don’t know which side was at fault, XSUsenet or Paysafecard, but it sorted itself out after a day. Never lost any money due to this. Sure annyoing though.

    The customer support sucks, that I can agree on. XSUsenet is a good provider if everything works as it should, which it mostly does. But don’t expect a lot of help if something breaks. I guess that’s the price you pay for the very low subscription fees. Very annoying I imagine when it’s about payment problems.

    Decide for yourself. I happily accept the lack of customer support in return for the best combination of price, retention, completion and speed I could find.

  8. John on December 20th, 2015

    Strange – I’ve been using XSusenet for nearly a year and never had any problems with their news server ever – seems reliable and worth it as far as I’m concerned!

  9. JohnBrel on November 3rd, 2016

    Though I’ve been happy with the performance of both the free and paid servers of xsusenet for over two years now, I’m very unhappy about the changes they’ve implemented in their plans this year (2016).
    While they used to offer a whole range of packages, they now only offer an unlimited package for 11 euro. And worse, where these packages were prepaid before mid 2016, they will now recycle. This means that you cannot temporarily suspend your subscription, for instance during holidays. Usenet will continue to work even if you don’t pay, but you will be sent an invoice, which you are supposed to pay. A very clear deterioration of the way it used to work. Somebody at XSUsenet got greedy.

    I will be looking at different providers, even though I like XSUsenet’s performance.

  10. Erik on November 20th, 2016

    Well I am new on XS USe net.
    Since we do not have a regular internet provider, we work via our mobile hotspot.
    So Now I have got it work with some help by Patrick!
    Tnx a Lot for that.
    Kind regards Erik

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