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AstraWeb Usenet $11.00 a Month (£7.00) Unlimited DSL!

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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
Unlimited DSL - US $11 (Currently £7.00) every month.

# No Speed Limits
# No Download Limits
# Exactly the same as Unlimited DSL Plan
# You will pay $11 for every month as long as your subscription remains active. We will not raise the price.

Uncensored News - No Discussions are Censored
SSL Enabled - Free SSL on all accounts
Completion - High number of peers. 99%+ completion
Speed - Multiple Links to High Quality Providers
Connections - 20 Simultaneous Connections
Retention - 476 Days
Posting Propagation - Excellent propagation of posts with many peers
US & EU Farms - Serverfarms in the US and EU
We Run Our OWN Servers - We do not resell. We have total control over our own servers and farms.
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#1
I signed up to this when it was on offer last year, haven't looked back since. Dirt cheap really at this price. As good as if not better than Giganews, and much much cheaper.
#2
Anyone else comment on this? Seem to get all I want from free places, is it worth paying for?
#3
Moved to these from giganews last time this deal was posted and haven't regretted it. Much cheaper and the service is just as good.
#4
I was with Giganews but switched to these a few months ago due to price, for the price they're brilliant!
#5
Is there a minimum term or is it just sign up and leave when you wish?
1 Like #6
I just use the virgin free groups and can get virtually everything I need from there
#7
tek-monkey
Anyone else comment on this? Seem to get all I want from free places, is it worth paying for?


In comparison to torrents, your bandwidth will be constantly maxed out, meaning much faster download time. The selection and amount of 'stuff' on offer is immense. I only resort to torrents now if I come up short finding it on usenet, which is almost never.

For what is essentially 24p a day, you'd save ten times that in electricity bills from not having your PC on 24/7 downloading s-l-o-w torrents :p:-D

@ BlackCloud: No minimum term. You can cancel at any time, you may even get a refund for the unused days of the month you cancelled.

@ Stunno: I'm betting the retention is p!ss poor and you have a very minimal monthly download allowance?
#8
loaky;7121901
I was with Giganews but switched to these a few months ago due to price, for the price they're brilliant!

...in the 'old days' usenet used to be included in an ISP package, and very good with companies like Demon is the 90's! By that standard, £7 a mont seems expensive! :w00t:
#9
Been on this for ages and it is very good. As far as I remember there is no minimum contract. Cancel whenever you want.
#10
Unlimited $10/Month Unlimited 1 Mbit/s 20 ? surely better to get this unless your dl more than 1mbps
#11
Cheers, thecheekymonkey :thumbsup:

You won't look back. You've just saved yourself over £80 over the coming year if you stick with the plan for 12 months, whch you will, believe me :-D
#12
delete sorry
#13
Thanks rufus... think I might give it a go
#14
Uk has to be credit card right? No paypal?
#15
BlackCloud
Uk has to be credit card right? No paypal?


I pay by Paypal.
#16
Astraweb is better than Giganews, and cheaper, but I also use VM. Means I can easily max out my connection by downloading multiple articles from three news servers.

For those that mention about ISPs that used to provide News for free, remember how much some ISPs used to charge, for a 48k connection (if you were rich enough to afford a modem)?
#17
Thanks Tdrtnlz ... very good information .

Once you have the newsgroup say like AstraWeb and have got grabit ...do you know how to view files to download?
#18
stunno
I just use the virgin free groups and can get virtually everything I need from there


Including Virgin keeping a log of everything you download - and possibly having to hand that log over to the copyright holders on request...

Apart from that - and the retention issues - it's certainly better than nothing tho!!
1 Like #19
Years from now they'll be glad old TV programmes etc were so widely 'distribute' Just look at all the 'lost' episodes of classic stuff from the BBC etc, and series that cease to be available on any format. Digital distribution and sharing is keeping a lot of enetertainment media alive. It may not seem that way now, but years from now we'll see. Usenet is already the only source for some deleted, copyright disputed, or other such rare and hard to find media.

I'm not defending piracy. But I don't agree with the way the term is used in such a blanket way.

For example: Take a look at my avatar? Do you know the ONLY place you can almost gurantee to get a clean copy of that classic Channel4 drama/sci-fi/black comedy? Take a guess! lol
#20
guys thanks - this is a great deal .. heat and rep to both :)
#21
Heated by the way joined Astraweb recently after being with Giganews for years and paying through the nose it now seems, no fault with the service so far and saving loads each month.
#22
I thought this deal had been on for like a year, did they just re-add it or something?

well I've been happily using it for ages now. Along with the SABnzbd client it really is a super efficient way to download 'stuff' I have my system setup to automatically download the latest episodes of my fav tv programs, it even extracts and drops them into my TV/Series Name/Episode Name.extension .

worth every penny, especially when used with virgins 50mbps service (Currently no throttling) oh and its SSL encrypted so as safe as you can be..

:whistling:
#23
well why not use both, these conversations can go on forever, use what you like, i prefer newsgroups to torrents, i dont wanna share, i need to keep my upload bandwidth.

deal is great, service has been bang on so far, and swapping was a breeze.....
#24
usually buy the $25 for 180GB package as I don't download as much as I used to anymore. With torrent sites vanishing fast I may look at the annual package instead. Hot
#25
What are the benefits of this over using Rapidshare?
#26
To those anticipating moving over to Astraweb..

Think of it this way.. With Astraweb, you get 20 individual connections to their servers (this means that you will be able to max out a virgin media 50Mb quite easily while downloading, each connection allows a certain amount of bandwidth) .. You also get free SSL which hides all the data from your isp so that its filename is encrypted.. (Giganews charge extra for this service).. Then on top of that, its retention is over a year long.. This means you can grab anything off the servers which was posted on anytime within your retention.. So something posted a year back, will still be available.. And their service is bar to none brilliant for the price asked. Also with Astraweb, if you only want to try out their service for one month, that's possible. No contract.

Astraweb charge very little compared to other leading newsgroup providers.
#27
Hi,

I've never used newsgroups before but have heard lots about them. Does anyone know a link to a step-by-step guide that shows how to use them to access tv shows etc? I'm a complete newbie and really need a simple guide.

Also, if I have a 12Meg broadband connection am I better just opting for the slower package....will I see the benefit of the unlimited speed package.

Thanks!
#28
You got me... Signing up now heat n' repp'd
#29
Anyone know when this offer ends...?

Will need to wait until I get some time and check out my current giganews contract..
#30
According to the Astraweb FAQ the "unlimited" connection is speed capped, so is it really max'ing the connections of those that have it on anything over a 1mb download?

Or is the cap per connection (of which you get 20)?

So if you are subscribed to the "Unlimited" account and "only" getting between 120-170 kilo bytes per second, then we are correctly delivering the speed as advertised.
#31
wozwebs
usually buy the $25 for 180GB package as I don't download as much as I used to anymore. With torrent sites vanishing fast I may look at the annual package instead. Hot


ditto. just signed up for this deal tho.
#32
mrwhippy
Thanks for the quick answer, so either their FAQ is out of date or it is capped per connection. I currently use Thundernews and get the speeds you talk about on the same Virgin connection, so may consider swapping as this is a few quid cheaper.


Astraweb maxed out my 50mb VM connection. I actually found it quicker if I didn't use all 20 connections on slower PCs (it didn't matter on quicker boxes) which I'm guessing is caused by the overhead of negotiating the connection
#33
[email protected]
I have found that everything I have downloaded off Virgin recently is corrupted. I keep getting the crc failed message. Will quickpar be able to fix this? Have you got a quick guide to fixing them?


Astraweb 99% Completion rate :whistling:
#34
I always go for the 180GB for $25 with astraweb, no time limit for using that 180GB and I find it usually lasts me 3 or 4 months so works out at $6 per month is really.
#35
Switched from NewsHosting to this, speeds seem very similar, works out a bit cheaper than paying per year in one hit at newshosting. Thanks to the OP, heat and rep added!
#36
[email protected]
Ok - have taken the advice of others and signed up. I am using Grabit as the downloader. When I add the new news servers I put a tick in the encryption server connection (SSL) and it asks do I want to change the port. If I click yes or leave it as default I can't get connected. Any ideas one of you more tech minded readers?


Login to Astraweb, look down the page until you see the European SSL server details.. Use them in your client.
#37
Great deal, will check it out. On Giganews at the moment, which is fantastic, but if I can save a few quid, then great:)
banned#38
fluidz
Login to Astraweb, look down the page until you see the European SSL server details.. Use them in your client.


That is what I have as my default server. I have tried every combination of server but it keeps saying acces violation. If I remove the tick for ssl and default to 119 it works. Should I use another grabber?
#39
Wow! I've been with giganews for the last few years and never dreamed of going elsewhere as their service was top notch. But it seems they've got some competition going now. I've just switched and it seems to be very good so far. I've yet to truly test the retention/completion rates, but as far as speeds & bandwidth go (SSL too!) this is a steal. Heat added!
#40
thanks mate.

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