XS News Review: A Tier-One European Usenet Provider

by Grey One •

XS News is my recommended European Usenet provider. This tier-one service started in 2006, and offers a truly independent Usenet feed.

I’ve been testing them for several months, and I’ve found their service to be reliable. From my office on US east coast, I generally get download speed of 97 Mbps (11.4 MB/s) . The company says they offer a maximum rate of 800 Mbps (100 MB/s).

They offer 30 connections for € 8.20 euros (about $9.70 USD) per month with a yearly subscription. Their retention time is 1100+ days.

XS News is based in Lijnden, The Netherlands and all their server are located there.

They offer these payment methods:

  • Visa & Mastercard
  • Bitcoin
  • Bank Transfer
  • SEPA Direct Debit
  • iDEAL
  • Mister Cash
  • SOFORT Banking
  • paysafecard
  • KBC
  • Belfius

They offer one of the best free Usenet trial services – a 14 days free unlimited service. You get 14 days free without charge, however you do need to provide a credit card number. You can cancel at any time, however. The exact terms are: If you do not cancel the contract at least 1 day before the trial period expires or select a different package, our membership will automatically be extended to XS News ELITE flatrate for € 8,20/month (total € 98,40). You have the right to cancel the subscription anytime with a 30 days notice period.

For support, they are available by phone at (+31) (0)20 820 30 21 from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 20:00. You can also contact them via email (support@xsnews.com) There is also LiveChat on site.

Usenet Service Summary

  • Link: XS News
  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Server locations: Netherlands
  • Backbone: Abavia
  • Speed: 800 Mbit/s (or 100 MB/s)
  • Connections: 30
  • SSL Connections: Yes
  • Retention: 1100 days
  • Downloads: uncapped
  • Price: € 8.20 or $9.75 USD (per month for a yearly subscription)
  • Payment types: Credit Card, Bitcoin, Paysafecard & more
  • Trial: 14 Days
  • Block accounts: Yes
  • Account sharing: Yes

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