Last Updated: July 3, 2021
- Free Trial: Yes, 14-day, 50GB
- Newsreader Included: Web-based
- Retention : Over 12 years
- Search Function: Yes
- Speed : 60Mbps+
- News Servers: US and EU
- Encrypted : SSL
- Newsgroups : 110,000+
- Great search ability
- Use any device’s browser
- Easy to use
- Low data limits
- Usenet VPN not free
- Slower than others
14-days for 50GB
$9.98/mo for 20GB
14.97/mo for 40GB
Big Gig Plan
$29.94/mo for 150GB
What Is Easynews?
Easynews is one of the longest-running and most trusted Usenet service providers. Instead of needing a news client, the Easynews servers access text (news) and files via the regular worldwide web combined with a powerful Usenet search engine. This makes finding binaries (files) and text posts easy for beginners.
You don’t need an Easynews app or any kind of Easynews mobile service. Simply use any modern computer or mobile device with a web browser. That applies to iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Supported browsers included everything from the obvious Chrome, to Safari, Opera, and Firefox.
We particularly like this approach because there’s no downloading and configuring. Once you have an account it’s all just waiting to go.
Furthermore, if you prefer a client – such as one of the many Usenet clients Windows supports – you can still use them too. If you’re into Usenet streaming or Usenet torrents, you won’t be restricted.
The only thing we suggest you do download is the Easynews VPN. This comes free with the Big Gig plan and can be added for a small fee to the other plans. It essentially hides your IP address when accessing newsgroups and acts as a virtual firewall. That way nobody can track your web habits, which reduces the chances of hacking. Combined with SSL encryption, you’ll be safely downloading terabytes of data in no time.
Regardless of what Easynews pricing plan you choose, you’ll have access to over 110,000 different newsgroups. This is considered the standard amount. Although other Usenet software and services allow access to more, they may be limited or partially inactive.
The search allows you to narrow things down to videos, music, images, film, and much more. For this Easynews review, we tried searching for an old song and were easily able to find it.
All Easynews plans come with a generous retention length of over 12 years. That’s 4616+ days to be precise. That means your searches can pull up data from Usenet forums in text and binary newsgroups (files), that has been on the Usenet servers for over a decade. This is perfect for the file-sharing users among us, just be careful of your data allowances.
Compared with the other Usenet services we’ve reviewed, Easynews web retention is about the longest we found.
For those unfamiliar, this just means the amount of time a Usenet internet service provider will keep data before it is deleted and/or replaced. A length of this type is ideal if you are looking for old files and information that is long gone from the regular internet. Or if it never even made it out of the newsgroup servers, to begin with.
All you have to do is access the browser newsgroups via the Easynews Usenet search feature. You can choose whether you want text or files or to just return whatever Usenet news server has stored with your search terms.
Whether you’re on the Easynews unlimited plan or testing the free trial, download speed caps out at about 60Mbps. That can’t be described as slow, as many ISPs themselves don’t even reach such a speed anyway. If you have a particularly fast internet connection, such as fiber, however, you won’t be reaching those speeds.
Likewise, if you use the VPN service, this can slow things down slightly. It routes traffic through a spoof geographic location for your privacy.
We fired up Easynews on an iPad. Our testers and an aggregate of other Easynews reviews consider the service to be fast and stable. There’s no obvious throttling and you can get up to 60 simultaneous SSL connections. This is one of the highest we’ve seen from a Usenet internet service.
Furthermore, they have servers based both in the United States and Europe. So, most users won’t experience slowness because of their geographic location.
In short, if you’re going for big binary files, you’re not going to experience interruptions or slowdowns unless your own internet connection is temperamental.
When doing our Easynews review we tested their customer support with some simple and more complex queries. We found them fast and knowledgeable. You can contact staff by online email ticket, their NNTP news servers’ protocol, or on Facebook and Twitter for less urgent queries.
Other Easynews user reviews echo our experience. It’s always nice to see an active and responsible support team.
The Easynews cost is straightforward across three plans. All include zero speed caps, 60 secure simultaneous connections, and access to over 110,000+ newsgroups. Users pay monthly not yearly, and there is no Easynews lifetime plan.
- Easynews Trial: 14 day, with 50GB of download data.
- Big Gig Plan: $9.99 for 3 months ($29.94 thereafter), for 150GB data, and free VPN access.
- Plus Plan: $14.95/mo, for 40GB data, and an additional $2.99/mo for VPN access.
Every year you’re a customer you also get extra data added on called a ‘loyalty gig’.
We found the free trial to be perfect for testing things out and the rest of the plans straightforward and reasonably priced.
Easynews Review – Verdict
Overall, Easynews ticks most of the right boxes. It is great to use for newbies since you only need a web browser and no software. A dedicated Easynews app, however, would be appreciated by some.
It also would have been nice to have a free VPN across the board but an extra $2.99 for some Easynews privacy is not the end of the world.
Easynews has a free 14-day trial is legit and simple to cancel, allowing you to properly test any plan without being billed.
Our main qualm while conducting this Easynews review was the lack of an unlimited plan. In fact, the data limits are quite low for high-volume users. Little extras like yearly upgrades and seasonal ‘loyalty gigs’, however, make up for this to a degree.
With okay speeds, fair pricing, good features, and access to the Usenet internet by browser, Easynews still gets a solid 4 from us. Petabytes of data are just a search away.
If you want more, check out our main Usenet reviews page for a rundown of all the popular Usenet indexers and services.