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).
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 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 offers SSL connections and 4017 days 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.”
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 is an independent Dutch provider. They offer 20 GB of free downloading. No credit card or other payment required, only an email address.
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 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.