NewsgroupDirect Review

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2020

NewsgroupDirect is a provider that offers unlimited subscription and block account plans. Both plans come with 100 connections and SSL encryption.

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NewsgroupDirect has been providing customers with Usenet access for over a decade. The company puts service reliability as a priority by constantly upgrading their hardware to provide the best Usenet experience possible.

Pricing

NewsgroupDirect has both unlimited subscription plans and block accounts. Their monthly subscription plans include 3500+ days of retention, free posting, free headers and header compression.

Newsgroupdirect Pricing Unlimited
PlanPriceConnectionsSSLVPN
Unlimited Monthly  $7.95  100  true  true  
Unlimited 6 Months  $40  100  true  true  
Unlimited Yearly  $75  100  true  true  

Their Usenet blocks have no expiry and do not automatically renew. It also includes the same number of days of retention with unlimited plans, as well as free posting, free headers, header compression and sharing capabilities.

Newsgroupdirect Pricing Block
PriceDownload LimitConnections
$5  50GB  100  
$7  100GB  100  
$10  250GB  100  
$15  500GB  100  
$40  1000GB  100  
$60  2000GB  100  

Retention

NewsgroupDirect has up to 4427 days of binary retention with 100% uptime.

Free Trial

Upon creating an account with NewsgroupDirect, users get a 15 day or 15GB money-back guarantee.

Special Offers

NewsgroupDirect currently does not have any special offers or promotions. You may want to sign up for their Terabyte Tuesday newsletter and check out the blog section of their website for announcements on promotions or discounts.

Payment Options

NewsgroupDirect accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard, Discover, Paypal, WorldPay and BitPay as payment options.

Configuration Information

The provider has 2 Usenet server addresses:

  • news.newsgroupdirect.com
  • europe.newsgroupdirect.com

Ports

  • Standard: 119, 23, 443, 3128, 7000, 8000 & 9000
  • SSL: 563, 80 & 81

Speed test

Newsgroupdirect Speed Test

NewsgroupDirect fairs very well on speed, being able to max out your internet connection with their uncapped speed. Your only limit is your broadband connection.

Privacy

Their monthly subscription plans include both SSL encryption and Ghost Path VPN access, giving you a safer and more secure access to Usenet.

NewsgroupDirect collects personal data to create, develop, deliver and improve their services, content and advertising, and for loss prevention and anti-fraud purposes. Personal information about an account holder will not be disclosed unless required to do so under applicable state and federal laws.

Customer Service

A contact support form is available on the NewsgroupDirect website or you may email them directly at support@newsgroupdirect.com. They also have a support center which you can access at newsgroupdirect.zendesk.com.

NewsgroupDirect.com
3504 Highway 153, Box #14
Greenville, SC 29611

Additional Products

As previously mentioned, their unlimited subscription plans include Ghost Path VPN Access which helps in protecting your private data, blocks hackers and bypass geographic restrictions.

Summary

NewsgroupDirect presents itself as a competitive Usenet provider with all the features that come with their plans. All their unlimited subscription plans cover unlimited access, 100 connections, and 4427 days of retention. And not only do they include SSL encryption in their plans, but they also have a Ghost Path VPN access, which is a great add-on feature.

The provider also has Usenet block plans for users who have no need for unlimited access. Block plans never expire and do not renew automatically, giving subscribers to this plan the power of control. And while NewsgroupDirect does not have their own newsreader, they provide comprehensive information on their recommended newsreaders along with set-up instructions.

Overall, NewsgroupDirect competes well with other Usenet providers with their outstanding features, excellent privacy protection and a great retention rate. It’s ultimately your call if you want to choose unlimited or block plans for the price that you are willing to pay.

 

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