Newscene Review

newscene Review
Pricing5 GB/mo. - $12.99/mo.
 20 GB/mo. - $24.99/mo.
 80 GB/mo. - $69.99/mo.
Retention Days
Free Trial?No
Qualityunknown Completion
Newsgroups #53,000 Newsgroups
Connections # Connections
Privacy
Speed
Monthly Plans
Metered PlansYes
Block PlansNo
ServersUSA
Server Add.news.newscene.com
PaymentDiscover, Master Card, Visa
Support Info
Support Emailtech@newscene.com
The pricing is definitely not competitive and the retention times are very low so we can hardly recommend their services.  Pick from our list of the Best Usenet Providers instead.

Deals / Special Offer / Discounted Pricing

At present, there are no special offers that Newscene has.

Free Trial

Newscene doesn’t offer any free trial use for new members.

Plan / Price Offerings

There are four options available:

  • 80 GB/mo. – $69.99/mo.
  • 40 GB/mo. – $39.99/mo.
  • 20 GB/mo. – $24.99/mo.
  • 10 GB/mo. – $16.99/mo.
  • 5 GB/mo. – $12.99/mo.

Connection Speeds / Server Locations

We don’t know their connection speeds since we have not tested them, it is fairly safe to assume that they are just average.  Regarding the servers, it appears that there is only one server farm located in the USA and the SSL encryption is not available. The server is available on the news.newscene.com address. If the user is experiencing problems, trace route from their server to user’s servers can be performed by entering tracert news-west.newscene.com into the command prompt.

Technical Notes

No technical information is available on Newscene’s website.

Quality of Service

We haven’t tested the services of Newscene, but according to them, they provide the retention that equals 26 days for the alt.* groups (including binaries) and there’s also information that the retention for non-alt.* (most text groups) equals 45 days. If you consider these retention times, maybe it would be better if we didn’t mention them at all. Oh, by the way, the actual retention depends on article volume and the latest information is dates from 3/18/2007.

Customer Service

The user can contact Newscene by email, fax, or mail. The mailing address is Newscene Usenet News Service, PO Box 45349, Omaha, NE 68145-0349. The fax number is 1 (402) 895-2637 and the e-mail addresses where the subscriber can send questions are sales@newscene.com and tech@newscene.com.

Conclusion

The pricing is definitely not competitive and the retention times are very low so we can hardly recommend their services.  Pick from our list of the Best Usenet Providers instead.