NewsLeecher has always been one of our favorite Usenet clients. Along with a great newsreader and search engine (SuperSearch), NewsLeecher now offers unlimited Usenet access. You can purchase it along with the client or as a stand alone service. If you’re considering a client subscription then adding unlimited Usenet is a good value.
This review is focused on NewsLeecher’s Usenet service. You can learn more about their client and search function in the newsreader section of our site. We’ll touch on them just briefly to explain their offerings.
We’ll start with retention. NewsLeecher is right with other leading Usenet providers. They currently offers 2,500+ days of binary retention along with 1,400 days of text retention. They sometimes advertise a little higher on the site. Perhaps so they don’t have to update the number every day. Just like other leading services their retention is growing on a daily basis.
NewsLeecher members can access their news servers located in both the United States and Europe. Not that you’ll need a lot of connections but they allow up to 30. With free 256-bit SSL included in the price.
You’ll notice two plan options. Ready To Go is Usenet with access to the NewsLeecher client and SuperSearch feature. This is the plan we would choose as the client is excellent. For those who use a different newsreader they also offer a Usenet-only plan without the client.
– NewsLeecher offers an introductory price on their Ready to Go plan.
– Special – $8.49 for 3 months and then $11.99/mo. (more details)
The NewsLeecher client is now sold as a subscription. Their Client Plus plan which includes SuperSearch costs $3.99 a month. If you plan to use the search engine we suggest you try their Ready To Go plan. That is the account we would choose as the convenience of the SuperSearch and SuperLeech features are well worth the $2 a month difference in price.
We’ve used the NewsLeecher client and SuperSearch service over the years. It’s great to see them add Usenet access as an option. If you want to use their client then the Ready To Go plan is a good value. If you use SABnzbd or another client then you won’t gain the advantage over using other services. The price is competitive for the Pure Usenet plan.