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Best free Usenet trials 2022: Best deals on Usenet free trials and download access

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The best free Usenet trials make it easy to access Usenet groups by offering generous introductory time and data allowances for new users.

While Usenet groups are no longer so commonly used as in the early days of the internet, they still retain a significant following of users, especially since the advent of NZB readers and NZB indexing websites (opens in new tab) to make for easy access to specific discussions or topics.

Get 3 FREE MONTHS of unlimited high speed access with Newshosting (opens in new tab)

This offer gets you 70% off the regular price, 60 connections (normally 30) and includes the newsreader and Zero-Log VPN. Newshosting does not monitor usage, so you can download as much as you want without having to worry about your speeds getting getting throttled or your account getting paused.

However, while free Usenet groups still exist, these have been very much eclipsed by paid-for Usenet groups which aside from having a more reliable service can also provide a safer service with better anti-virus and spam filtering.

Therefore it's likely that the modern Usenet user will need to use a subscription service to access their favorite groups and content.

However, you can still access Usenet content for free by using free trials of existing Usenet providers. And if you're happy with the service, you could always stick with your subscription.

To help with your choices, we've provided the best deals for Usenet trials, allowing you to get the most out of the free introductory period for various Usenet services.

We also picked out the best Usenet providers.

Easynews (opens in new tab) is an all-in-one service combining unlimited Usenet access and a Usenet search interface together in one plan. It has the most accurate search technology with embedded file previews and works on all devices, including mobile, with no software or NZBs required. The service also gives you the option to either download files or access them directly inside your browser with no downloading required. Exclusive TechRadar Offer (opens in new tab) - Get 3 FREE MONTHS automatically added to your account [80% Off] plus a free upgrade to unlimited GB with unlimited speeds and a free Zero-Log VPN.

XS News (opens in new tab) probably shares the same ownership or backbone as UseNeXT as it has speeds of up to 800Mbps as well. The firm’s trial is as generous (albeit lasting only 14-days) and includes unlimited speed and access to 30 Petabytes of content.

Newshosting (opens in new tab) is offering an exclusive 750GB high-speed downloads free trial (no speed caps) for 7 days for TechRadar visitors. This is the best free trial available and includes a free newsreader (Usenet search included) plus a free No-Logs VPN. If you decide to stay on after the trial period, you’ll get a 58% lifetime discount automatically applied to your account.

Eweka (opens in new tab) offers one of the most generous free trials with 7 days free featuring unlimited downloads and unlimited download speeds. Once that period has elapsed, you can opt for a subscription and get an automatic 27% lifetime discount through TechRadar (opens in new tab).

Supernews (opens in new tab) has only a 72-hour trial period, the (joint) shortest of the freebies here, but it’s the only one to offer a 100% completion rate which should cut down the number of download failures.

Giganews (opens in new tab) on the other hand doesn’t suffer from the same issues. Its 14-day trial is on par with Easynews, and gives you a nifty Usenet browser called MIMO. But you have unlimited monthly access and a whopping 50 connections.

You can try one of the most popular European Usenet service providers, Tweaknews (opens in new tab), for up to 10-days with unlimited downloads and uncapped speeds. You get a lifetime discount, but just be wary of the low retention levels.

Usenetserver (opens in new tab) also offers a 14-day trial but it ends when you reach the 10GB limit, which for power users could take a few minutes! This service is aimed at experienced users so novices should proceed with caution.

Netherlands-based Pure Usenet (opens in new tab) wants to introduce new users to 7-days of Usenet nirvana with 12 connections, unlimited speed and unlimited data allowance, unlike most of the other trials highlighted here.

Usenet.Farm (opens in new tab) promises to be a “fresh wind on the Usenet landscape” and tries to achieve this by killing the password and not requiring any registration. You only need your email to log in to the trial. Get this 10GB trial for free with no time limits.

A 14-day trial and 10GB of content is what you can expect from iLoad Usenet (opens in new tab), a German-based service that only needs your email – like the above provider – to kick-start your Usenet journey.

There seems to be something in the Netherlands that attracts Usenet providers. Easyusenet (opens in new tab) is another outfit based in the country, and offers a 5-day trial with 200Mbps speeds and no data download limit. You do need to provide your mobile phone number, though, as the company will send you an SMS code.

Aiming to lure you in with the (joint) shortest trial period of all the providers here is Hitnews (opens in new tab). You have 72-hours to download as much content, and read as many posts as is humanly possible. Get those coffee mugs lined up as you experience unrestricted Usenet access. 

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