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:
- AIOE (currently down)
- Eternal September — free access to text groups
- Eweka — offers free full access to Usenet for trial accounts
If you download from Usenet, I recommend using an inexpensive paid Usenet provider. See below for some block account options.
A List Of Free Usenet Trials
Here’s my list of the best free trials for Usenet servers:
Eweka (Europe) — Free Usenet Trial
Eweka is a reliable Dutch Usenet provider that offers a hassle-free Usenet trial. It asks for an email address, but I discovered 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.
Usenet.Farm (Europe) — Free Usenet Trial
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.
Newshosting (U.S.) — Free Usenet Trial
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 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.”
Tweaknews (Europe) — Free Usenet Trial and €2 Block Accounts