There are a small number of free Usenet servers available around the world. They tend to be slower and less reliable than paid services. Also, they typically do not provide SSL connections, and they have a short article/binary retention time (10 – 100 days).
Some free providers include:
If you are going to download from Usenet I recommend using an inexpensive paid Usenet provider — the cost is about $8 per month.
Here’s my list of the best free trials for Usenet servers:
Newshosting (U.S.) — Free Usenet Trail
Newshosting offers a 750GB free trial via this link. This offers 720 more GB than the standard free trial. The trial has all the same features as the paid accounts. They offer SSL connections and 4017 days of Retention.
The exact terms are “Free Trial is over in 14 days or 750GB used, whichever comes first. Free trial is offered for new customers only, one per customer.”
Usenet.Farm — Free Usenet Trail
Usenet.Farm is an independent Dutch provider. They offer 20 GB of free downloading. No credit card or other payment is required, only an email address.
Eweka — Free Usenet Trail
Eweka is a reliable Dutch Usenet provider that offers a hassle-free Usenet trial. It asks for an email address, but I discovered that they allow disposable email addresses.
Eweka is available to users in the United States, but you cannot use an IP address when registering for an account. In this case, you need a VPN to get a non-US IP address.
Eweka is a Highwinds Usenet feed provider.