There are a small number 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).
I recommend trying a paid Usenet provider — they only cost about $10 per month.
Here’s my list of the best free Usenet servers:
Free-Usenet offers free Usenet accounts. Only an email address is required to register. Here are the details:
- Download speed: 1 Mbit/s
- Unlimited traffic
- Unlimited days
- Free SSL included
- Password should be renewed every 3 hours
- 3100+ days retention
Usenet.Farm (No credit card required)
Usenet.Farm is an independent Dutch provider. They offer 20 GB of free downloading. No credit card or other payment required, only an email address.
Eweka (No credit card required)
Eweka is a reliable Dutch Usenet provider that offers a truly hassle-free Usenet trial. No credit card is required for the 7 day free trial — you just need to provide a email address, and I discovered that they allow disposable email addresses.
Eweka is available to users in the United States, but you cannot use a 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.
Newshosting allows a 30 GB download limit on their trial accounts, and they give you access to the same service as a regular account. This includes access to their newsreader that has a built-in index search, and the ability to preview videos if there is a message with video attachments. They offers SSL connections and 2102 Days Retention.
Payment is via Paypal or credit card. Exact terms are “Free Trial is over in 14 days or 30GB used, whichever comes first. Free trial is offered for new customers only, one per customer.”