I got an email this morning from Usenetnow since I had an account there several months back. I wont post the whole e-mail, but you can read it for yourself if you want here http://faq.usenetnow.net
To paraphrase it if you will; they are going to 400 days retention. They now have a US server instead of just a Europe server and a way to view newsgroups on there website, even with your cell phone...well iphone or smart phone like a blackberry but still, that is pretty cool. If anyone uses it on there phone please post how it works.
Pricing seems great since you can buy one week at a time if you want BUT there special now (if the quality is there) beats astraweb price wise...works out to like 10.15 per month. So 85 cents less with 35 days more retention in the end with a yet to be determined if its useful web/cell phone reader..Could be the way to go! I believe they are Blocknews related so if that is any indication, support on the weekend should not be a problem. Unlike the previously mentioned competitor!