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Astraweb 180GB allowance with no subscription for $25 (current exchange = £15.13)

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XXX FAR BETTER THAN TORRENTS XXX

50 connections - unlimited speed.

(Price above is at Sunday 21st June exchange rate quoted from XE.com)

I've been using Astraweb and usenet for the past few months and I am pleased that I took the time to look into it. Its not free but compared to torrents, the down speed is lightning and most importantly consistent. Typical down speed on my 10 meg connection is 1200kbps. Thats using SSL encryption on the euro server too.

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This deal is pay $25 USD for 180Gb allowance to use up whenever you want, across a few weeks, several months etc. This is not the same as the usual pay monthly deals for newsgroups that usually get posted. As such, this deal is more suited for those of us that don't download enough per month to warrant a continual monthly subscription (^_^)

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    krazykel
    Thats a good deal. Ive been using Astraweb for over 3 years now! Prices have got better all the time, i used to pay $25 for 65GB in 2006, then went to 90, 110 and latest was 120GB for same price hehe
    gapster
    good value, especially as i download about 20-30gb a month paying for there subcription!
    philby27
    I was very surprised when I saw it. I can't imagine that i'll use more than this in a year. And if I do, I'm not that bothered about another £15. An Xvid download in 10-15 minutes more than warrants the price for me.

    Out of interest, are there any other users out there on Linux? I'm using Ubuntu and I use merlins portal and the lottanzb client. I wonder if there are any linux clients.
    BurningFeetMan
    Whilst i agree this is a good deal, do you have to hate on torrents to make your point? I use torrents and if you use 'proper' sites you would max out your connection with just about anything.

    Another point to mention is that this wont bypass any traffic management in place with your ISP although if your ISP uses application throttling for torrents that could be avoided for now.

    Anyway, heat added, because its a good price :)

    BFM
    philby27
    Why do I have to hate on torrents? Am I getting old or is that a really weird way to put something?, Well, its because I and many periodic users of torrents just don't get great results. With usenet, you never get just one or two seeders for a file who have throttled their up speed. Usenet is from a server that is not restricted for this package.

    As regards traffic management. Thats one reason for SSL encryption isn't it? Not sure about that but a DivX vid in 10 minutes is more than quick enough for me..
    adgloride
    Great price. I paid the same for 120gb on astraweb a few months back. Good thing about this is it never expires so you can use it when you want.
    tek-monkey
    Looks like a good deal, but do you find much that isn't on torrent sites? I tend to find all I need searching on the usual suspects, and get good enough speeds. TBH I usually only download overnight anyway, so unless content is different I doubt I'd use it.
    daveleebond
    newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
    speed always maxed
    community is left alone unlike p2p
    releases are not virus riddled

    been on astraweb for a few years pay about 7ppm, but can download 20gb+ on some days :)
    unileeds
    YEah I use newsdemon, and pay 7 quid a month for unlimited data, SSL encrypted connections.
    Mascherano
    daveleebond
    newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
    speed always maxed
    community is left alone unlike p2p
    releases are not virus riddled

    been on astraweb for a few years pay about 7ppm, but can download 20gb+ on some days :)


    none of these apply if you use torrents properly
    this is a hot deal BTW, but hating torrents doesnt make it any hotter
    toonarmani
    Newsgroups are free from my ISP so cold for me :whistling:
    ms2005
    toonarmani
    Newsgroups are free from my ISP so cold for me :whistling:


    You mean VM?

    Their retention is better than it used to be but it's still pants compared to any paid service and no SSL so you might as well just hand a list of stuff you've downloaded direct to VM and let them make judgment on what a naughty boy you have been.

    I'm yet to see VM take action against Newsgroup users, they seem to like hitting torrent users but i can't see it being long before they work out what their free service is being used for.
    black knight
    I use Astraweb after switching from usenetserver.com and have been very pleased with the service.

    The retention is excellent, way longer than uns.
    tek-monkey
    daveleebond
    newsgroups you don't have to bother with any of that 'ratio' nonsense
    speed always maxed
    community is left alone unlike p2p
    releases are not virus riddled


    Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.
    philby27
    tek-monkey
    Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.


    Care to share your secret? I am always up for a freebie and if what you are describing is fact then I would gladly swap back.
    idbirch
    This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.

    Edit: in fact, already posted here.
    idbirch
    tek-monkey
    Been using torrents for years, and haven't come across any problems like this. Who the hell uses a ratio site when all the same stuff is around on non-ratios? I get over 1100k/s regularily, have never been hassled by my ISP (VM) and haven't seen a virus in years. If you usetorrents properly, they are not a problem. And they're free.
    You obviously aren't a member of any good ratio-based sites if that's what you think ;-) Oh, and you definitely woudln't be able to max out a 50mb connection 24/7 with free torrents!
    strike
    I may do this.

    I only download 8gb a day though
    pink thing
    idbirch
    This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.

    Edit: in fact, already posted here.


    Yeah..I signed up with the $11 unlimited service a few months ago. I think the offer is still on. Been getting max speed on everything! (Virgin STM kicks in very quickly though lol), which I've NEVER done with torrents. I'd never go back!..
    Jaffo
    idbirch;5550434
    This is not a good deal, you can sign up with Astraweb with UNLIMITED data for only £6.66 if you know where to look.



    This is PAYG though which suits a lot of people better than a subscription payment. All depends on how much/often you download stuff.

    Hot from me; Astraweb are excellent from my experience.

    :thumbsup:

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