Pure UseNet is among the smaller players in the business, but it still packs some serious muscle. With slightly better prices for a service which is highly competitive, they’re great for seasoned Usenet users and newbies alike.
Pure UseNet is a simple, user-friendly provider, aimed at European customers. They maintain above-average levels in all important categories for minimal fees. There is also a 7-day free trial, so you’re free to try them out completely commitment free!
Being a Dutch provider, PureUseNet isn’t as known on a global level, but the European crowd appreciates it for the competitive, dirt-cheap pricing. So how does the provider compare when placed back-to-back with the rest of them? Stay tuned to find out!
Currently, there are more than 100,000 newsgroups to choose from. This is slightly less than what is the norm with most other providers, but it’s not too big a deal either.
Despite the fact that you get 256-bit SSL encryption, the VPN software is nowhere in sight. While the SSL connection plays a big role in allowing you to make your downloads safely, some might argue that it’s not enough. Since the other Usenet providers typically provide you one (in certain cases without any extra payment), we feel that no VPN software is a bit of a drawback. On the other hand, you can easily overcome this by using any VPN of your choice, so it’s not a deal-breaker either.
The total amount of data transfer allowed depends on the plan that you end up going with. As for the connection speed, we decided to run a couple of tests ourselves to determine it. According to the results we got, the connection speed peaked somewhere around 50 Mbps.
Do bear in mind, however, that PureUseNet mainly caters to the European crowd, as there are no US servers available.
Depending on the package you choose, you’ll have anywhere from 4 to 12 connections, which is a bit underwhelming. Certain other providers offer you 50 connections, so what PureUseNet gives you simply pales in comparison.
PureUseNet offers you 2,000 days of user retention, which isn’t bad, but given what you receive with some of the other providers, it’s rather modest in comparison.
The newbies among you will be very disappointed by learning the fact that PureUseNet does not provide you with a newsreader. Of course, you can always use your own, but if this is your first time using Usenet, it’s another technical hassle to overcome.
Thanks to a populated knowledge base, the PureUseNet website is helpful enough all on its own, so chances are you might never need to contact their support team in the first place. For example, you are likely to get certain error messages when downloading a file, and it contains in-depth guidelines on how to resolve them.
In case things escalate with no other solution in sight, there’s plenty of ways of getting in touch. Most probably, you’ll be using the contact form that can be found on the website itself. Alternatively, you can contact them through email, Twitter, or Facebook.
There is plenty to choose from in terms of packages.
Compared to the other providers, the cheapest package is quite affordable, but as with all other aspects of life, you get what you pay for. For $2 a month, you get 4 Mbps of download speed, 4 connections, and 2,000 days worth of retention. While certainly a bit lackluster, this option is bound to be appreciated by those who are either on a tight budget or those who simply want to fiddle around Usenet for a little while without making a huge commitment.
The next step is the medium plan that’s priced at $3.80 a month. This will give you a download speed of 20 Mbps as well as 8 connections to play around with.
Last but no least, we have the XXL plan, which will give you unmetered speed and 12 connections for $7.35. That should be more than enough to satisfy your needs if you’re the power-user type.
If you’re uncomfortable with shelling out your money for a service like this without testing it first (despite the fact that the cheapest plan only costs $2), there is a 7 day trial you can use to give it a spin before committing. The great thing about the free trial is that it comes with unlimited downloads, so you can test the performance as well as the user experience for as much as you’d like.
As for the payment, you’ll be glad to know that, besides the popular European cards, you are also free to make your payments in Bitcoin. This helps a great deal when it comes to protecting your privacy. You can also pay with Sofort, iDeal, and Paysafe card. Wire transfer is also an option.
Since your purchase comes with SSL support, this speaks volumes in terms of privacy, safety, and security. Given the fact that you’re allowed to pay for the service with your Bitcoins, your identity can stay safe and known only to you.