Giganews is the gold standard of Usenet providers. Giganews has been around since 1994 and provides the longest binary and text retention in the world. Most Usenet providers run just a few servers to accommodate their customers but Giganews has deployed servers on four continents so you’re always guaranteed a smoking fast connection.
Giganews offers five plans to suit your budget. The three least expensive plans are Pearl ($4.99), Bronze ($9.99) and Silver ($14.99) and allow 5GB, 10GB and 50GB of data transfer respectively. These less expensive plans also allow up to 20 connections and now include 5GB of Dump Truck online storage too. All plans offer the maximum retention with the exception of the Pearl plan which has only 30 days retention. It should also be noted that each Giganews account includes unlimited download speeds and 256-bit SSL.
The two more expensive plans are Platinum ($24.99) which includes unlimited data transfer and a 5GB Dump Truck account and the monstrous Diamond plan which will cost you $34.99 per month after a 3 month introductory price of $24.99.
$34.99 for a Usenet account?!? That seems outrageous at first glance but the Diamond plan is packed full of features and includes some fantastic tools to help your get the most out of your Usenet experience.
Included in the diamond plan:
* Dump truck – 30GB of online storage that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
* VyprVPN – Unlimited access to one of the best VPN services on the planet.
* Mimo – A usenet browser designed specifically for Giganews
What is Dump Truck?
Dump Truck is a personal online storage service. Use it to store pictures, documents, data, whatever from anywhere in the world both easily and securely. There is no limit to the size of file that can be uploaded to your account. I’ve personally tested the upload with a 3.8GB HD video file and the upload and download worked flawlessly. Dump Truck uses 256-bit SSL for both uploads and downloads and 256-bit AES encryption to secure your files once they’re on your Dump Truck account.
Dump Truck now supports WebDAV which means you can use it from Windows Explorer or OSX Finder as a mapped drive. You can also just use it in your browser by logging in with your Giganews username and password. The browser version supports dragging and dropping files and entire folders which makes uploading and downloading files a snap. Dump Truck is a great Dropbox alternative.
Final word: The old adage “you get what you pay for” definitely applies. Giganews is not cheap but it’s also the absolute best Usenet service in the world. If you need speed, retention, dependability and guaranteed privacy then Giganews is impossible to beat.