Last Updated: Feb 10, 2021
UsenetStorm has been in the industry for a long time. Formerly known as AltBinaries, the company previously gave free unlimited access to Usenet straight through your web browser. Now the provider offers several plans that include fast downloads, privacy protection, uncensored Usenet and up to 50 connections. UsenetStorm carries thousands of newsgroups, has a 99.9% completion rate and over 4 years of retention. All their plans also include the Newsbin Pro newsreader.
The UsenetStorm plans include security and privacy via SSL encryption, unlimited speed and 50 connections. The only variation in their packages are the download limits.
|Starter||$4.25 per month||20 GB|
|Standard||$8.95 per month||50 GB|
|Unlimited||$12.95 per month||Unlimited|
UsenetStorm has a retention time of over 4 years, which is competitive with other providers.
There is no free trial with this provider.
UsenetStorm provides the full retail version of Newsbin for free as long as you have an account with them. Newsbin Pro is one of the longest running and most popular Windows newsreaders. Its basic function is to browse through, read, or post to individual newsgroups.
The provider only accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards as payment options.
UsenetStorm provides a reliable and fast service through their network of servers in the US and Europe. With UsenetStorm, you can use up to 50 simultaneous connections, which is more than most people need. Below is the list of both their encrypted and unencrypted servers.
Their connection has been tested to have a download speed of 1.8 Gbps with just 30 streams, which is more than enough for most users.
UsenetStorm has support for encrypting connections through 256-bit SSL. Although there are unencrypted server addresses for this provider, it is recommended that subscribers use SSL servers to protect user privacy. SSL prevents anyone from seeing what you’re downloading or searching for.
Regarding subscriber data collected by UsenetStorm, the provider only uses account information for subscription processing. Only when requested by a court of law or when presented by a legal requirement will the provider disclose any information.
A contact support form is available on the Usenet Storm website. You may also reach their technical support directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have billing concerns, you may email them at email@example.com.
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As mentioned, a full retail version of Newsbin newsreader comes standard with all their subscription plans. No other additional products mentioned.
And upon comparing this to competitors, other providers offer more or less the same block access but without connection limitations and expiration at the same price. Overall, UsenetStorm delivers decent service that may appeal to intermittent Usenet users, but they have yet to competitively match up their price points with that of other providers.