Last edited by freeinvites; 05-16-2010 at 07:51 PM.
The Usenetserver special does not promise that the $10/month price will never increase. The page only says "Discount applies to every month that your account is active." They never define exactly what this "discount" is.
It never hurts to read the fine print .............
http://www.usenetserver.com/en/tos.phpUsenetserver may, with prior notice, change the fees it charges you for accessing the Services at any time. ... You agree that all fees charged by Usenetserver for accessing the Services will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card account
So $10/month might seem like a bargain, but remember that UNS gives themselves the right to hike the price at any time, and you're bound by contract to pay.
By contrast, Astraweb explicitly states that they will never raise the price.
Personally, I would choose the Astraweb special over the UNS special. Unless UNS puts something in writing, their $10 rate does not appear to be locked-in once you join, and I think it will probably increase.You will pay $11 for every month as long as your subscription remains active. We will not raise the price.
Anyway, UNS is a Highwinds "reseller" and there are other Highwinds resellers that also offer $10/month prices, such as Ngroups.net (if you pay per quarter)
you should have used the search feature before you posted, as this topic has been beaten to death, many times over; .....and then some.
in the end, astraweb ususally comes out as the winner.
An Excerpt from: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
by John Perry Barlow
Read more hereGovernments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather [...] I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us.
Usenetserver I would say would be a good deal IF they had a Euro server....but you are only limited to 1 so that does not seem as good.
You may want to check out http://usenetnow.net - $10.17 per month when you pay for 3 months...or $12 if you pay for a month. Unlike the two you mentioned in your OP, you do not need to subscribe month to month to get and hold on to the price. You can pay as you go if you choose. This is really how most providers should do it, but who am I to say.
If you are one of those who gets off on a couple of days retention difference, Usenetnow and Usenetserver quote there ending retention to be 400 days, Astraweb is saying 365.
I had a thread about this a bit ago that you can read if you so choose: http://filesharingtalk.com/vb3/f-new...-dealio-350932 Happy hunting!!
These days, it seems like astraweb is THE usenet service. I've had it for maybe 8 months now, and I love it. Retention is not quite as good as giganews, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.