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Giganews Usenet Provider review

Giganews is a long-standing trusted Usenet provider. What is meant by Usenet Provider is that it allows its customers to access the company's infrastructure to access the Usenet.

The Usenet can be best described to users who have never come in contact with it as a global forum with hundreds of thousands of groupsm and the ability for everyone to post and reply (provided that this is supported by the company that provides the access).

The messages that get posted and read are called articles or posts, and they are posted to so called newsgroups which are further divided into binary and textual groups.

Binary groups allow users to post files with their posts while textual groups do not. The main difference between forums and the Usenet is the decentralized system of the Usenet. There is no administrator or central server of the Usenet, everything is handled by independent servers that exchange data with each other.

Usenet access is provided by so called Usenet providers. Back in the days a lot of Internet Service Providers offered Usenet access but today there are only a few that do. Most stopped offering Usenet access due to the costs involved to operate or lease the infrastructure.

Public Usenet servers exist but they tend to come and go, and are not as reliable as they need to be to be a good alternative.

Giganews Usenet Provider

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The only other choice to access the Usenet -- besides ISPs offering it, and public options -- are Usenet Service Providers like Giganews. Giganews is respected in the Usenet community for its quality service. The company is without the shadow of the doubt not the cheapest provider around, but it is without a doubt a premium provider.

When it comes to Usenet access, Internet users need to consider several factors when they select a provider. While the monthly subscription price is of importance, so are other factors.

  • Traffic Limits: How many Gigabytes can be downloaded per month?
  • Connection Limits: How many simultaneous connections are allowed?
  • Encryption: Does the Usenet Provider offer encryption?
  • Data Retention: For how long are the Usenet articles stored on the servers, or, the time period the archive that is provided dates back.
  • Speed Limits: What's the average and maximum speed that users get?
  • Completion: Are the files that are uploaded complete?
  • Censorship: Are the newsgroups uncensored?
  • Extra features: Are extra features, such as header compression, search, a web client offered?

Giganews, as a top provider, is offering some of the best - if not the best - values.

  • Traffic Limits: Up to unlimited traffic.
  • Connection Limits: Up to 50 simultaneous connections
  • Encryption: 256 AES encryption offered
  • Data Retention: Giganews offers more than six years of binary data retention and more than 8.5 years of text retention. Update: 2367 days at the time of writing this update.
  • Speed Limits: 50 Mbit+ (this is the limit of our test connection to the Internet, it may very well be even faster than that). Giganews operates servers in the United States, Asia and Europe to provide users with faster access times to the servers.
  • Completion: One of the best completion rates in the industry. Completion rate is greater than 99% (rest can be usually handled with so called parity files)
  • Censorship: Giganews provides access to over 109,000 uncensored newsgroups.
  • Extras: Some plans include VyprVPN accounts, all a Usenet browser, header compression.

Limited access plans start at $4.99 per month, the first unlimited plan is available for $19.99 and includes access to a personal virtual private network on top of that (VyprVPN Basic). There is also  14-day free trial that you may use to test the service before making a decision on whether to subscribe to a paid plan.

What you need:

The requirements that are needed to access the Usenet are one of the main reasons that it has not reached mainstream yet:

  • Usenet Access: Access to a Usenet server is needed obviously. We recommend Giganews but there are other providers out there as well.
  • Usenet Client: Several mail and chat programs offer access to the textual groups but the binary groups require a client that is able to handle those. One of those clients is Newsbin Pro which we have reviewed in last Christmas' Giveaway. It is a commercial software but there are free alternatives like Alt.Binz available as well

Giganews offers a client of its own that customers may use to access the Usenet. The program, called Mimo, is available for free for Giganews customers.

Usenet Preview:

If you do not know what you get then you'd probably do not want to pay for access to the Usenet. There are several options on how to get a preview. Option one is to make use of the free trial option that Giganews offers.

Another option is to use a Usenet search engine like Binsearch to search for files that are of interest.

Personal Experience:

I have been using the Usenet for more than ten years ,and was switching Usenet providers constantly back in the beginning because they did not offer what they advertised. That is, until I signed up for Giganews for the first time which I have been now for several years.

I never - and I really mean never - had connection, retention or speed problems other than the occasional ten minute period when your Internet Provider drops your Internet connection and you get a new IP.

The release of the Giganews Accelerator made my life a lot easier as it was now possible to download the compressed headers which bumped the speed to 4-10 times the value that uncompressed headers where delivered.

I know one thing and that is that I will stick with Giganews for as long as they continue to provide this excellent service.

Yes, the service is more expensive than comparable services. If price is your main consideration, then you better pick a budget Usenet provider such as Usenet Bucket.

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  1. Oki said on December 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm
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    I want to be included in the draw.
    I have not yet used Usenet taht much but the littele I have it has been good.

  2. mojo said on December 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm
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    I’d like to try out usenet to download only legal files. to this point, i have not tried newsgroups because i believe filesharing should be free.

  3. dlreed52 said on December 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm
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    The best Usenet provider bar none. They provide first-class service both in terms of article retention and system maintenance. I’d love to have one of their subscriptions again. Thanks

  4. WhACKO said on December 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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    I’d love to try Usenet, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about :)

  5. Smithy said on December 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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    Nice Xmas giveaway! Please count me in! Thanks!

  6. HNicolai said on December 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm
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    I have downloaded lot’s of TB from FTP servers and P2P, but I have never tried Usenet.

    I have signed up to a free trial (I think I’ve got the link from this site) but I forgot the password to my mail, so I couldn’t check my mail and try the offer.

    I have always wanted to try Usenet, so this could be my “big chance” :D

  7. Khai said on December 18, 2009 at 1:29 pm
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    Merry Xmas! I hope I’m drawn ;)

    atm I use my ISP newsgroup access.. I’d like to see how a paid service is better ;)

    1. littlepeon said on December 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm
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      the big factor is retention(how long posts are kept) and amount of actual data….example– i had 2 isps-roadrunner and att…..both had newsgroups but roadrunner had 30 days retention-att had 7 day retention and only about 1 percent of the groups/posts that roadrunner had….i believe giganews offers 498 day retention and many many groups/posts–so that is what u r paying for

  8. ph said on December 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm
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    Have tried usenet once for a couple of months, and I can see why it is both not mainstream and awesome. I don’t know much about encryption / privacy issues, so if you guys say that giganews offers good encryption I would like to try that. please? :)

  9. Siraj Patel said on December 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm
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    I am new to Usenet. So i would like to start with Giganews. Hope to win an account.

  10. Rob said on December 18, 2009 at 1:34 pm
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    I have used usenet a lot in the past, usually when it was included with my ISP. I have been wanting to try Giganews, but for some reason I have not yet. I would love to get an account and see how it is.

  11. Yoran ten Brinke said on December 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm
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    I would like to be included in the draw! I was using usenet since the early nineties and rediscovered it a few years ago. Binaries ya know ;)
    I’m on my providers usenet-servers (Tweaknews in the Netherlands). I have a pretty good retention on there (about 200 days), but I heard a lot of good things about Giganews.

  12. Juzer said on December 18, 2009 at 1:36 pm
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    I would love to win this giveaway!

  13. cappyno9 said on December 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm
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    I want participate in.
    I am a huge news geek!!

  14. kamo said on December 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm
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    Would love to try Usenet + it would make a nice Christmas present. :)

  15. Ercan Cem said on December 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm
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    This is “the” giveaway I want. Yes please!!

  16. ron said on December 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm
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    Please include me in.

  17. Bernard said on December 18, 2009 at 1:54 pm
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    Wow, nice !

    My isp is very limited on usenet side …

    Closing groups every week, retention only a few days, many incompletes …

  18. Catalin said on December 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm
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    never used usenet :D
    more of a torrents fun :))

  19. Siba said on December 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm
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    Please include me in the draw. Haven’t used it though..

  20. Michal said on December 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm
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    I usually get files from RS and MU but It would be nice to try Giganews.

  21. Adrian said on December 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm
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    I heard only good things about Usenet, but I never tried it till now. I would like one of the accounts you are giving away. Thanks!

  22. Mythos said on December 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm
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    I don’t know this service but I’m interesting to try.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas :)

  23. Zorro said on December 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm
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    Usenet, yeah….

  24. Abhishek said on December 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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    I have never experienced usenet experience but heard a lot about it. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

  25. Merve said on December 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm
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    Giganews would be great, my isp has only limited groupage.

  26. matthias16 said on December 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm
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    Yay, old enogh to remember the usenet.. ;-)
    and since my current provider’s offer is somewhat limited, I’d love the opportunity of a Giganews account…

  27. Jonathan said on December 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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    I have been using Giganews for the last 3 months now, and have great success with it! But I would gladly take a free one! :)

  28. Student said on December 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm
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    I’d like to try Usenet, never have had enough money to try it out yet. Also heard good things from friends who use usenet and giganews. So count me in! Thanks.

  29. Johan Gustavsson said on December 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm
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    I have used usenet earlier in the late 90’s, and I would love to get back into it again…

  30. Alex said on December 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    always wondered about newgroups – an account would be fun!

  31. Lorenzo said on December 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm
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    I have used usenet a lot in the past and I found it great….please count me in too!! Thanks

  32. Andrei said on December 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm
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    Include me in the draw. And give one account also :D
    Thanks…happy x-mas.

  33. vietnamrum said on December 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm
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    used Giganews several years ago, downloaded gigabytes of data. very fast and reliable. always had what i was looking for.

    would be excellent to get a new account.

  34. Dragos said on December 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm
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    Uhaaa! Count me im for this.

  35. onspeeduser said on December 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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    I would be happy to have an account. Thanks for this giveaway.

  36. k19s said on December 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm
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    Hi, I’ve been using the trial version of Giganews and found it was one of the most reliable Usenet experience, most stable and provide the fastest newsgroups. So I hope I win one so that I can continue using Giganews’s great service.

    Thanks

  37. brisssou said on December 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm
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    I have access to newsgroups through my French ISP, Free.fr.

    But it is not 100% open. Some groups are not replicated, due to court decisions.

    So I’d be more than glad to be included in the draw and get one of the giganews accounts.

  38. JJ said on December 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm
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    Thanks for the offer–count me in. A great fan of usenet.

  39. Tobey Cook said on December 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm
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    I haven’t used Usenet in a long time but everyone I know that still does ravea about Giganews, especially their article retention.

    I’d love a chance at one of these prizes!

  40. Gretchen said on December 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm
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    I used to use Usenet years ago. As the Internet developed it got easy to find things on the web or use things like Google for more mainstream newsgroups.

    I’d love to try again and see what it’s like now

  41. Loïc Silva said on December 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm
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    Pick me! pick me!

  42. Sam said on December 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm
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    Awesome, I have little experience with Usenet but it worked well so I’m hoping for an account.

  43. Richard H said on December 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm
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    I remember back in 1997 when I worked at a small internet company that I was using forte agent to download so many mp3s from alt.binaries.sounds.mp3 and related groups that they had to disable port 22 on our internal network because it was causing slowdowns for our dial-up users. That was a fun job.

  44. B said on December 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm
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    Been using astraware for a couple of months. The speed bump compared to torrents is amazing.

  45. David said on December 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm
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    Down here in Australia, our internet is behind the times. As such, we, until recently, have never had download caps large enough to make Usenet accounts feasible.

    However, recently 100GB caps have been implemented by major ISPs and with my new 100GB/100Mbps line, I am very interested in grabbing a Usenet account. I used a trial and have found it just so much greater than torrenting, which seems to be throttled by my ISP.

  46. dominate said on December 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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    never used usenet but would be willing to try it out. Count me in!

  47. Doc said on December 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm
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    I’m really curious about Usenet, i’m in for the draw!

  48. Manesh Narayan said on December 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm
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    Well I never used usenet. But hope I get this.

  49. Raju said on December 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm
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    I always wanted to have USENET but never got to use it except for a couple of times with a friend’s account. Giganews seem to be a bonus and very helpful! I would love to win one :)

  50. Manesh Narayan said on December 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm
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    Hope i get it. never have used usenet before

  51. Matthew Matthews said on December 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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    I have some experience with usenet and from what I hear Giganews is the best.

  52. admon said on December 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm
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    I’ve not used it before but I’ll be very happy to have an account so that I try it.

  53. Nick said on December 18, 2009 at 3:39 pm
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    This is awesome!!

    I wish I can get this one!

  54. Pratik said on December 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm
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    I have tried Usenet little with UseNext and would like to get a Giganews account for free…

    Thank You

  55. Christian said on December 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm
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    I’m a daily Usenet user and my Astraweb account is about to expire. Count me in, please. Thanks!

  56. sulasno said on December 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm
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    I use newsgroups to access only the Freeware groups

  57. Dylf said on December 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm
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    Hey, the news forums is far the best way to find information on the net. Hope to get the first prize.
    Merry C.

  58. Diana Ringo said on December 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm
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    Hi, thanks for the giveaway, I have never used newsgroups but I would like to try it out. Please include me in the draw.

  59. Matt said on December 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm
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    Big fan of Giganews. I’ve used their services in the past. I find them pricey but definitely high quality. My experience with them mirrors what you wrote above. I’d love a free account.
    Thanks!

  60. Peter Owen said on December 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm
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    I’d love to check Usenet out. Haven’t used it yet, but I’ve heard only good things.

  61. lokrun said on December 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm
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    I’ve tried using newsgroups a few times in the past, but the ISP’s retention is low, spam filtering is non-existent and the free readers I’ve found are hard to operate. I’d like to give it a try for our family.

    Thanks.

  62. Mr. A said on December 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm
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    Giganews is awesome. Way better than any other Usenet provider I’ve ever used.

  63. ibheck said on December 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm
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    I always wanted to have USENET but never got to use it, i hope you can give me

  64. michele said on December 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm
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    Include me in please. I haven’t used Usenet for years. The provider issues just made it not worth my time. I’d like to give it try again. Thanks much.

  65. Moussaillonne said on December 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm
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    Hello,

    I would like a lot to participate. It’s so nice of Giganews to give us the possibility to win a free access during one year.

    Happy Holiday to all !

  66. paul van said on December 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    always wanted to get into this and check it out.hope you give me the chance! thanks for the offer!

  67. thetechmonkey said on December 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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    Usenet can be quite resourceful, and I certainly am in need of a new account as my previous usenext account had expired this year, and I miss it ;)

  68. Aed said on December 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm
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    I’ve never used usenet but I’d like to try it!

  69. Bionic said on December 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm
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    giganews rules & has a very good rep as provider in theese terms,
    strangely still so many are unfamiliar with usenet?
    i´m not subscribed to any provider right now thus winning this would be really great..

    Thanks Ghacks & Giganews!
    ______________________

  70. Pijus said on December 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm
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    Lets see…

  71. carlitox said on December 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm
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    I will love an account on GigaNews!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks Ghacks!!!

  72. inoxllor said on December 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm
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    My exp with Giganews/Usenext is none. But I it sounds like a good service to have. So I would like to be included in the draw. :)

  73. 26Dolphins said on December 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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    Hi,

    Since I’ve read only positive things on Usenet & Giganews, I’d like to take a chance on using them.

    Please count me in,
    26Dolphins

  74. curmudgeon said on December 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm
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    I miss usenet since my ISP dropped it so i’d love to win an account

  75. Raymond said on December 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm
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    My isp has decided to stop providing usenet. So I am looking for a replacement.

    Count me in ;-)

  76. Karl said on December 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm
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    I’m with Astraweb right now and would like a provider with solid download speeds that don’t fluctuate like crazy.

  77. SmogHog said on December 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm
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    An account will be great to have.

    Bring it on.

  78. Jay Presley said on December 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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    I love to try Giganews. It will help my productivity and easy to use.

  79. fred said on December 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm
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    My current provider is very slow, so i’d love to try giganews to see if it is as good as people say.

    Thank you for this great giveaway.

  80. Stephen said on December 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm
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    I think it is fair to publish that the links we are seeing to Giganews are affiliate links and that ghacks review could possibly be influenced by their affiliate relationship with Giganews.

    Bottom line: Ghacks gets paid if you sign up, so it is in their best interest to put out a positive review.

  81. Brian said on December 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm
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    I haven’t used usenet in a while, and I think with the recent developments in the interwebz, we should all be heading that way…

  82. Ted Rothfield said on December 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm
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    In case you don’t get in on the free deal, I found a 50% off all monthly plans for newsdemon.

    the coupon code is: crunchgearrules

    Havent tried them out yet, but from what I’ve found, they get some great reviews.

  83. ck said on December 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm
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    i would like to have a chance to try this..
    I never heard of this..
    Hope to provide me the chance to use it..
    Thanx a lots..

  84. Malkin said on December 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm
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    I have been in Usenet withdrawal since changing to AT&T.

  85. Geoff said on December 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm
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    Count me in always wanted a giganews acc.

  86. Bob said on December 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm
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    My isp limits access to newsgroups at 12KB/s. So I have been able get an idea of what it is, but probably something like Giganews could be a different experience. I’d love to try it!

    Thanks,
    Bob

  87. Emil said on December 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm
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    I’ve had a brief experience with Usenet, about a year ago when I saw a friend using some strange program, which I would later found out to be NewsLeecher. Anyway, I downloaded the program, but I never got to using it, even though I found .nzb files – I just didn’t have a connection to any usenet server :/ In any case, I’ve heard lot’s of great things about GigaNews (the longest retention time and stable download speeds), so I would love to finally try usenet out!

  88. talshl said on December 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm
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    Well, I will be very smart when I will get this.
    Thanks

  89. leetclan said on December 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm
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    I always wanted to have usenet account, and I would really like to have one.

  90. Brian S said on December 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm
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    Would LOVE to get back into Newgroup usage!

  91. Van Wyk De Waal said on December 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm
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    I’ve been using Giganews for 2 years now. This combined with a virgin 50Mb account is truly an unbeatable service. The great thing about giganews, apart from binary retention, is their pipe-size. I can pull down a linux distro dvd at a constant 50Mb/s rate. No drops in service at all.

    I’ll continue to use it and I’m exited what I’ll be able to do when virgin rolls out 150Mb service next year.

  92. Eickhel said on December 18, 2009 at 5:37 pm
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    Wow! never had the chance to use this service :) thanks!

  93. Linu said on December 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm
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    Man i never tried this so I cant comment . hope I can win this. Please consider me.

  94. Enigma said on December 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm
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    I use usenet all the time via my ISP but the retention is not that good 6 days max but the service is quick and clean and most of the time it has what you need. NZB support is a must as long as you go with a decent app like Newsleecher or something similar.

    I would love to win an account as I have yet to win nothing this year and to be honest 6 days retention sucks.

    Pick me martin it would be awesome.

  95. paul(us) said on December 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm
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    i have no usenet experience at all but i really one give a try so hopefully do i win a account

  96. Chris said on December 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm
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    Pick Me! I would love to get my hands on a diamond account…was looking at purchasing one a couple of days ago but I didn’t have the extra 30 a month. I’ve been using powerusenet, no complaints there as it is a good service, but it would be nice to have a giganews conn.

  97. se said on December 18, 2009 at 5:58 pm
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    Shhhhhhhh! Usenet!!! What’s that?

  98. Vers Teck said on December 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm
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    From time to tim i use the free usenet service provided by Giganews. 1 year full access would be fabelous.

  99. kartik said on December 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm
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    pick me !

  100. Carl said on December 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm
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    I really love to be part of the Usenet community. I always hear good things about it but never had the chance to experience it first hand.

  101. Don said on December 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm
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    Giganews is the best! I’ve been a customer for several years but haven’t been able to afford anything other than the basic account. I’d love an upgraded account! I’ve found that Usenet users tend to be more “serious” and savvy so finding useful information about things like Linux and aerospace technology is easier than some “web” forums. I could not have made it through my last certifications without using the books that are available in the binaries groups and the help of the usenet communities. Thanks!

  102. MossBeep said on December 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm
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    Would love an account, never had a chance to try out usenet yet.

  103. kbuck said on December 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm
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    I love the usenet. Best place for everything. Humbly, me!

  104. Derek S said on December 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm
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    I want to be included in the giganews draw.

    I have been using it for years as my ‘renting’ option, but it’s getting expensive as a college student.

    Also work a lot with the tvnzb.com forum community in developing the popular RSS generators

  105. Rick said on December 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm
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    Nice Christmas gift. I would like to win this so I don’t have to depend on my ISPs usenet servers.

  106. Jeff said on December 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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    I have used Giganews for several years, very fast and reliable, I highly recommend them for Usenet.

    Count me in – thanks

  107. ckoiner said on December 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm
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    Please include me in this draw. Thanksamillion!

  108. Joakim said on December 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm
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    I love Usenet! Much better than torrents.

  109. Ron said on December 18, 2009 at 6:50 pm
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    I need better usenet!

  110. John C said on December 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm
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    I first started using Usenet almost 20 years ago (my favourite groups at the time were comp.sources.*, comp.risks, comp.lang.c and a bunch of (now mostly forgotten) alt.* groups :-) and wow, does that make me feel *old* LOL.

    After moving to Portugal my access to usenet began to be limited, and in the last 10 years I’ve hardly bothered at all because of a serious lack of support from most ISPs (poor updates, not carrying groups, poor retention etc.)

    The chance to really experience usenet again via Giganews is an opportunity I’d be foolish to pass up :-)

    Thanks!

  111. Cliff said on December 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm
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    Giganews no need to mention ..best newsgroup service provider ..im using other service provider but always wants to use Giganews but it cost lots(not possible for me to pay ) so this time if i lucky enough to use this best service it would be great………

  112. Raymond said on December 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm
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    I’ve been using usenet for over 10 years now, five of those with Giganews before i switched to another (cheaper) usenet provider. I would love to be able to use-Giganews-net again!

  113. Jeremy Vandivere said on December 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm
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    The first rule of usenet is…you do not talk about usenet.
    I used it back when it was available in it’s entirety through your dial-up ISP…but that’s before it became the awesome place it is now.
    Let me get one of those accounts :)

    Thanks,
    AltReality

  114. Shirow said on December 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm
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    Count me in.

    I’ve been around the net for years, skimming through a lot of content, and one thing I’ve commonly glazed by are Usenet providers. However, I’ve steered clear of them since I have not found any free providers to date, and most (if not all) of the software and services I use are free.

    It would be quite a treat to see what it’s like, and to expand some more of my tech knowledge into one of the areas I have not ventured into.

    Here’s to wishing for luck!

  115. David said on December 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm
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    I have been afraid to try USENET, but this looks promising.

  116. Justin said on December 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm
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    I heard this is a great service, would love to try it out sometime.

  117. Paul Goodman said on December 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm
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    Please include me in the Giganews draw. I started using usenet when the world was in DOS mode. I haven’t used it for over 5 to 8 years because my ISP which was providing access stopped carrying newsgroups. It would be great to start accessing them again.

  118. manwithcake said on December 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm
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    I need a giganews account because I LOVE usenet. I am an avid reader of alt.comp.freeware and have found tons of excellent software there. I’ve always been fortunate that the limited access afforded by my isp has always included this group, however there are tons of groups I’d LOVE to explore and try…including groups for palm freeware. I also enjoy the photography groups (again, I’d like to find more), and occasionally some spirituality groups (though these can get ugly at times). What I’m looking for is MORE to explore.

    Help me out, wontcha?

  119. Santa said on December 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm
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    Giganews is undoubtedly the best, though a little expensive for me normally, Free is good though!

  120. Robert Palmar said on December 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm
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    Never used Usenet and this would
    be perfect way to get started.

  121. doug said on December 18, 2009 at 7:59 pm
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    Bring me back to the late 90’s when I depended on usenet.

  122. ad said on December 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm
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    Martin is the sexiest man alive! :)

    Pick me !

  123. ford said on December 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm
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    usenet is THE thing !…ive tried the trail thingy and its gr8,hope ill win here :-)

  124. Michael said on December 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm
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    My UseNet is so bad, please enter me in the giveaway for Giganews.

  125. Tamsen said on December 18, 2009 at 8:20 pm
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    Ooo! I was an avid newsreader from about ’91 through ’03. I’d be reading still, but the spam-to-news ratio was skewed so heavily, I couldn’t justify spending for an NNTP account once my ISP cancelled their own service. A free account at any level would be fantastic. Fingers crossed!

  126. Q said on December 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm
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    I have never used Usenet.

  127. Luke said on December 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm
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    I love giganews; I hope I win.

  128. Rui Costa said on December 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm
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    Thanks for the giveaway! In for one.

  129. giglman said on December 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm
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    great revue, i want an account, thanks…

  130. tecben said on December 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm
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    I love Usenet! My ISP offers me a limited account for free but i would love a full account. :D

  131. wabash said on December 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm
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    Please include me in the draw, thank you.

  132. IceDogg said on December 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm
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    Count me in..this is an awesome giveaway.. the best so far if you ask me.

  133. Sujay said on December 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm
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    Include me in the draw. And give one account also :D
    Thanks…happy x-mas.

  134. bb said on December 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm
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    usenet, the oldest and most reliable :D

  135. Cougara said on December 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm
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    Please add me to the drawing.

    I’ve hopping usenet providers for years, and
    really haven’t found a solid provider. From your
    reviews, it seems that giganews might be what I’m
    looking for.

    I like that they offer ssl, I’m wondering if they do compression
    with that, or if it’s tunneling, etc.

    All of the usenet groups that used to be provided by timewarner (roadrunner), AT&T and a few others, sucked really bad, and now
    they’ve quite offering them, for one reason or another.

    Thanks, for reading, great site , myself and various co-workers
    live on this site.

    Take care, and have a happy holiday season!!

  136. John said on December 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm
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    Awesome giveaway, I’d love to get an account.

  137. Acidic said on December 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm
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    I had been using premium Usenet for many year. But I stopped using it two year ago due to cost. It would be great to get back. My ISP usenet is worthless.

  138. Andrew said on December 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm
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    My ISP usenet acess is decent. Capped at 400kb/s and the retention is pretty low, but it’s fairly reliable.

  139. Gerry said on December 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm
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    count me in for the drawing :)

  140. lois said on December 18, 2009 at 9:50 pm
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    Please include me in the giveaway. I do not have any experience with usenet, but i have always heard alot of good things about it mainly. This would be a great way of jumping in and seeing what its all about.

  141. jegor said on December 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm
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    I have never used it but I would certainly like to!

  142. Todd said on December 18, 2009 at 9:59 pm
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    I used to use the usenet a lot back when ISPs offered access. All the public servers nowadays don’t ever have all the parts of a file, so I haven’t used it in a long time. I would love to win one of these accounts. Heck, even if I don’t I’m going to check out the free trial.

  143. Oss said on December 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm
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    please count me in

  144. Chrs said on December 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm
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    The Usenet is an awesome place to find things. =)

  145. BaoPhac Do said on December 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm
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    In the good old days I would download shareware programs from Simtel thru the newsgroup because my access was a VAX and ftp was stupidly slow.

    After awhile we got a news server on a Sun 3 system but it was limited by disk space.

    Flashforward to 1993 and I work for SGI who has the 4th largest news server in the world! By that time however Starcraft took over my Usenet time.

  146. David said on December 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm
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    I do not quit understand the difference in using a news reader, RSS feed and USENET. I do understand that it gives you access to more information and that is worth a lot to me. Please concider me for a license.

  147. Giovanni Cincotti said on December 18, 2009 at 11:19 pm
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    Please include me … Thanks

  148. xxdesmus said on December 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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    I used Giganews several years ago and it was fantastic. Cheers!

  149. Josh Motto said on December 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm
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    Please enter me into the Draw. I have never used a usenet server, but I intend to learn if I win!

  150. Phil said on December 19, 2009 at 12:00 am
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    I would love to the get a Giganews Account.
    That would be great.
    I really would like to use Usenet ^^

  151. Leigh said on December 19, 2009 at 12:35 am
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    I use to have usenet access through my ISP but they stopped that, could use it again

  152. Ron T. said on December 19, 2009 at 12:40 am
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    Nice gift! I will be very happy to try Giganews and report to you how it is.

  153. Marcel said on December 19, 2009 at 12:52 am
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    I only have experience with my providers news server, but it’s realy limited. I would love to be able to use Giganews for one year.

  154. Rudy said on December 19, 2009 at 1:10 am
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    dying to try it out – heard so much good stuff about giganews.

  155. darthyoda6 said on December 19, 2009 at 1:29 am
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    I’ve been wanting to try out Usenet for years now, so I’d be interested.

  156. Chris said on December 19, 2009 at 1:45 am
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    This is one gift that would just make my year. I’ve long heard of the benefits of Usenet and in the various articles I’ve read about it over the years, Giganews has appeared to be the best provider for it. I would very much appreciate an account.

  157. John said on December 19, 2009 at 2:25 am
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    Wow this is a great offer. Sign me in.

  158. wiusa said on December 19, 2009 at 2:27 am
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    Usenet is something I have only tried a litle. Please add me to the list

  159. Sean said on December 19, 2009 at 3:05 am
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    I have been used multiple usenet providers over the years. Giganews was always great. I would love a free year.

  160. Rafael said on December 19, 2009 at 3:10 am
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    Count me in please!

  161. AnGeL said on December 19, 2009 at 3:14 am
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    I would like one key!

  162. lhochste said on December 19, 2009 at 3:20 am
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    Great giveaway, thanks Martin

  163. David said on December 19, 2009 at 3:48 am
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    Thanks for the offer.

  164. K.W.Eaches said on December 19, 2009 at 3:49 am
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    Well, they say the first rule of USENET is you don’t talk about USENET…

    I use EasyNews, but I’d probably switch. The compressed headers you mention intrigue me….

  165. Kao Vang said on December 19, 2009 at 4:06 am
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    Now here’s something I want to win!!! Pick me! I’ve never tried GigaNews but would love to test it out! I might become a permanent suscriber!

  166. HuRt said on December 19, 2009 at 4:08 am
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    thankss for this giveaway

  167. wake said on December 19, 2009 at 4:09 am
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    count me in too

  168. Vijay said on December 19, 2009 at 4:54 am
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    Would love to try Giganews. I might become a permanent subscriber if I like it.

  169. Pete said on December 19, 2009 at 5:42 am
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    gotta love Giganews

  170. Steph said on December 19, 2009 at 5:45 am
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    Hello.

    My French isp has decided to stop providing usenet since 3 years … not completely … BUT :

    – retention ? ==> only a few days : 11 days :(

    – too many incomplete “Rar” (as of the fifth day approximately ) :(

    – Connections ? ==> the number of threads is 3 or 4 max
    (bandwith allocation ? ==> poor !!!)

    – censured groups ? ===> Yes ! Some groups are not replicated :(

    – SLL ? ==> no !
    ……………………………………………………….

    Giganews always comes first in all comparative …..

    To gain a giganews account : It’s the greatest gift of the web during this Christmas season :)

    Thank you to Giganews & Ghacks !!!!

    Steph.

  171. Juan said on December 19, 2009 at 5:53 am
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    One of this would get me a good start for 2010. First time usenet user but eager to give it a shot

  172. Ian Perez said on December 19, 2009 at 6:07 am
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    mmm.. free usenet…

  173. Kurtz said on December 19, 2009 at 6:26 am
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    thanks martin , great giveaway !

    count me in

  174. jelson said on December 19, 2009 at 6:57 am
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    I utilized Usenet extensively back when access was provided by my ISP.

    Primarily I participated in various and wide-ranging discussion groups and perused the various binaries and news provided. I miss it. Was a foundation of my initial internet experience when the World Wide Web was in its infancy and web pages were designed with text editors.

    Sign me up for the drawing.

  175. Ionut Baciu said on December 19, 2009 at 7:07 am
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    best x-mass present ever
    me want in!

  176. Maynard said on December 19, 2009 at 7:08 am
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    I us my ISP newsgroups, I have heard that giganews is faster…I’d like to check it out!!! Please include me in the draw.

  177. Lee said on December 19, 2009 at 7:42 am
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    I have not used this service or similar type before but it looks interesting – include me in the draw.

  178. amit said on December 19, 2009 at 8:27 am
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    Please include me in this giveaway.

  179. cooldude75ph said on December 19, 2009 at 8:48 am
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    Hope I can win one of the accounts :D

  180. Spyzer said on December 19, 2009 at 8:55 am
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    Very cool and please include me in the list of drawing !

  181. BiNGO said on December 19, 2009 at 8:56 am
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    I’m currently using usenet provided by my isp. Its capped to slow speeds and has short retention. Would love to max out my connection with unlimited speed.

  182. Dror said on December 19, 2009 at 11:22 am
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    Please give me an account.
    Thank you

  183. Vinod said on December 19, 2009 at 11:27 am
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    Would like to use this.

  184. Schultz said on December 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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    Oui pourquoi pas essayer usenet

  185. phobos said on December 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm
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    i hope be a winner.

  186. katmando said on December 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    I’d love to try this out. Thanks for the opportunity.

  187. mushikago said on December 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm
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    Usenet is about a common a term as ‘spizzerinctum’ (which means cheap trinkets) where I live…I’d certainly like to try and see what the hype is all about :)

  188. shootingspy said on December 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm
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    Sincerely i never used this but heard too much abt it & got a positive feedback,so plz count me in

  189. eee said on December 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm
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    I have read about usenet many times but never actually tried it. I would like to do that now. Count me in.

  190. stemac said on December 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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    have tried before liked it, but find it expensive.

  191. Matt Norwood said on December 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm
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    Gosh.. back in the early 90s, Usenet was great back then for finding stuff. I’ve only moved away from it recently as torrent networks have allowed for anything and everything i want to be easily accessible. Wouldn’t mind at all trying to switch back with a quality provider.

  192. suman said on December 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm
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    i happy to announce this offer…

    plz count me…

  193. venkat_h said on December 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm
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    will u plz count me … on this….

  194. Zecc said on December 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm
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    Id like a try at usnet too :-)

  195. Zecc said on December 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm
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    Id like to try usnet too :-)

  196. Zecc said on December 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm
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    I would like to try usnet too :-)

  197. C Hui said on December 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm
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    Sounds great. Been a good while since I’ve been on usenet.

  198. Michelle Fish said on December 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm
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    Never used Usenet but have heard that it’s brill!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Definitely would like to win it.

  199. Matt said on December 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm
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    I would like to win

  200. Milos said on December 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm
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    I`m using torrents for a year or more now, and I`ve heard only good things about Usenet! I really would like to try it!

  201. Lantz said on December 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm
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    WOW, I have been wanting to become a member of giganews for a few years now. Nice Giveaway!

  202. Rico said on December 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm
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    Tossing my hat in here as well. Hope to win!

  203. Dan Meyers said on December 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm
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    I used usenet years ago maybe a free account with Giganews will get me back into it.

  204. SeanClear said on December 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm
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    Terrific!

    Sure I want participate in a Giveaway contest of free subscription to one Giganews account. Thanks for a great offer!
    Heard much of it but never used it myself.
    Would be fun to try it !

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  205. my_immortalize said on December 20, 2009 at 3:52 am
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    Count me in please…

  206. kafka said on December 20, 2009 at 4:45 am
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    if its not too late please include me in the draw

  207. Des said on December 20, 2009 at 6:42 am
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    I’ve never used Usenet although such a service does interest me.
    I hope I’m lucky enough to give it a try.
    Thanks.

  208. David Macdonald said on December 20, 2009 at 9:48 am
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    Count me in. I have always wanted to become a member of giganews

  209. TJ said on December 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm
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    I have not try Giganews before but I would like a license

  210. retorikku said on December 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm
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    I’d like a full-featured trial to usenet before I take a plunge. Thanks.

  211. Jayasimha Reddy said on December 20, 2009 at 11:44 pm
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    It would be nice one

  212. dangkita said on December 21, 2009 at 8:14 am
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    Hi,
    My hobby is download softwares. And many softs or files can be downloaded in usenet server but not another. I see that have one usenet account is very useful.
    I need one’s and pls give me one if u can.

    Thanks and best regards!

  213. willdo said on December 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Reply

    giganews sounds great Martin!

  214. Francis said on December 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm
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    i hope i get 1 year diamond account =))

  215. Natan said on December 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm
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    never used giganews. i hope to win in this draw.

  216. nmitch59 said on December 24, 2009 at 2:23 am
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    Wow – what a giveaway. I would love to be considered for this giveaway. I never win anything but hopefully this is my CHristmas present.

    Thanks Ghack

  217. hat0r said on December 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm
    Reply

    I want it!

  218. fluxtendu said on December 26, 2009 at 8:50 am
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    alt.free.giganews.account !!

  219. jay gee said on December 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm
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    is good to have news

  220. best ISP offers said on December 29, 2009 at 10:37 am
    Reply

    Heard much of it but never used it myself.
    Would be fun to try it !.

  221. Walter said on December 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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    Years ago I spent a lot of time on newsgroups but had to slow down because of more responsibilities. Now I am retired and I want to to get back to newsgroups. Thank you for making this giveaway available.

  222. FreeBro said on December 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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    Thanks gH!!! Involved in usenet sites many years ago!!!
    None recently. Please count me in!!!!!

  223. w5904 said on December 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    Reply

    I always like ‘news’
    please provide

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