XSUsenet, Free Lifetime Usenet Access

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 25, 2011
Updated • Sep 25, 2011

I'm very cautious when I see sites making claims that they offer a service for free for a lifetime. There is usually a catch, just like there is when you see hosting providers offer unlimited bandwidth, but that's another story.

The Dutch Usenet provider XSUsenet is currently offering free lifetime accounts to access the Usenet. Usenet in this regard includes access to binary groups which usually are not offered for free Usenet users.

You get free life time access, a solid 600 day retention, no IP retention, no personal details on file. All you need to do to sign up is to enter information into the registration form on the provider homepage.

Here you need to enter a valid email address and a country (only Netherlands, Germany and Belgium are selectable). Once done you get the login and server details send to the email address that you have entered in the form.

You can then use the information to connect to the Usenet. The speed is capped at 1Mbit per second at two connection tops. Users who need more speed or connections can upgrade their account to premium access starting at $6.99 for a 100 Mbit connection per month.

Free Usenet clients that you can use are the web based SABnzbd or Grabit. Please note that Usenet or newsgroups are not only about downloading binary files. You find many discussion groups there, Mozilla is for instance using the Usenet for some of their development discussions.

It is likely that the company will eventually close down the creation of new free accounts. I'd suggest you grab a free account as soon as possible.

I have tested the service and it worked just fine. I received the confirmation email with the Usenet server information in my email. Setup was a breeze and connection speed was as advertised.

Users who are just starting with the Usenet, or want to try it without giving away personal information can use the service to do just that. It is not anonymous though, considering that the service still sees the IP that you signed up with and that you connect with.

You can check out the service's homepage here. The sign up form is at the right side. (via)


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  1. XS Usenet said on December 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Dwight,

    For logging in on our website, you will need to use your email address used for signing up. Your Usenet username will be a number of digits, not the email address. To troubleshoot your connection settings, please check http://www.xsusenet.com/client/faq.php?showArticle=11

    Thanks for signing up!

    XS Usenet

  2. Dwight Stegall said on December 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I signed up for their service. They sent me my username and password. I pasted them into the form on their client page. The server gave me an error saying unknown user or incorrect password. :(

    Yes I allowed cookies for that site.

  3. none said on July 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    DO NOT USE THEM – Used a paysafe card, lost my money, have submitted tickets, no response from emails or messages. Nothing!

  4. XS Usenet said on June 27, 2013 at 9:46 am


    I’ve just personally addressed your ticket and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

    We’ve recently launched a fully revised payment system and we’re still sorting out a few minor operational bugs. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and invite anyone who has an issue to do contact us, we will correct it and we will compensate you for any time spent waiting!

    Kind Regards,

    XS Usenet Team

  5. UW8-ANE-3QRE said on June 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    XSUsenet will steal your money with paysafecard. the transaction will proceed far enough to have your $$ deducted but you WILL NOT receive the service you paid for.

    I filed a complaint with Paysafecard as well and still my money is stolen!


  6. PoS said on September 16, 2012 at 4:32 am

    This crap doesn’t work. No email, no recovery email either. Fack this “free” shit.

  7. Dave said on July 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    It works, but it seems to be 30 days only. After that it ceases working.

    Also only 1 account per user. So only good for a trial.

  8. toto said on June 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    work great… more 600Ko/s with free accounts

  9. Asif said on March 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    when I sign up there comes a notification saying the account is not valid or expired please give me the solution at my email- islamasif42@yahoo.com

  10. Ray said on November 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I think the site is not working anymore!.. am looking for a mediashout 4.5 with license! pls email me pingpong_jinx@yahoo.com

  11. Mark said on October 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Trying from the US, no luck. Tried my VPN to come in from UK. Tried the various alternate ports as well as SSL. All gave me the same response: Access denied to your node. I presume this means no US and no UK. Perhaps this will stop someone else from wasting time from these locations.

  12. XS Usenet said on October 6, 2011 at 9:27 am


    Please send your email again with your username and I will make sure somebody looks into that.


  13. Eddie said on October 6, 2011 at 4:02 am

    thank for the reply guys, but i checked both spam folder and inbox. but its still not there. if the volumes are high as you say, I guess I just have to wait it out, Even tried the email to support desk option. nada. Will update once I get any email from XSusenet.


  14. XS Usenet said on October 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    We’re very sorry about the email communication, due to the high volumes of signups, some recipient spam filters may move your welcome email to your spam box.

    We’re working on getting this resolved.


  15. Red said on October 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Eddie, did you check your spam inbox?

    That was where mine was, got it almost instantly.

  16. Eddie said on October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It’s been almost 4 days, there is no email with the login details. No update on the site either. Like they say -> If it’s too good to be true….

  17. jl said on October 1, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I get a:
    502 reader3.xsusenet.com: Access denied to your node

  18. John said on September 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Free vs Premium

    Free Premium
    Speed 10mbit 100mbit
    Connections 2 12
    Valid 30 Days Unlimited
    As low as Free €2.99

    1. XS Usenet said on September 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      The 10Mbit being shown for 30 days was a mistake. Signups for the 1Mbit lifetime are still available!

  19. schumi said on September 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Wow got in, thank Xsusenet

  20. Todd said on September 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    It’s working for me now. I signed up and I’m using Newsbin. It’s really slow (150kbps) but it’s free and SSL even works. Yes, it’s not as fast the $6/month Altopia news server that I used to use, but it’s free. It’s hard to complain about that.

  21. schumi said on September 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Still cant register, I get a we will be up in 1 minute messege

  22. Nelson Blanck said on September 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The site is back up and taking applications.

  23. Cy said on September 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    ups, meant 11am and 12noon

  24. Cy said on September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Registered yesterday, all worked fine using SABnzbd.
    But since tody, between 11 and 12 pm (GMT +2), there is this error:

    502 reader1.xsusenet.com: Access denied to your node

  25. XS Usenet B.V. said on September 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    We expect to start accepting new signups again this afternoon. As mentioned before, we have been swarmed with new users and our front-ends simply could not deal with the significant load increase.

    We apologize for the inconvenience. For those who have already opened an account with us, we hope it is to your likings! For those waiting to create one, please bear with us a bit longer.

    Kind regards,

    XS Usenet Team

  26. NKS said on September 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I think 1 Mbps is very slow speed (comes around 256 k bytes per second). I have 10 Mbps connection and I am able to achieve speed of 1.2 MBps with torrents. Why use usenet then?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

      It is slow because it is free. If you pay, you get faster speeds. Usenet is more like downloading from file hosts than it is over a P2P network. Only the provider sees your connection, whereas other peers see you when you download or share files via Bittorrent.

  27. Todd said on September 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    argh, I KNEW this was going to happen.

    November 26 2011, 11:43 PM CET
    Signups have been temporarily suspended due to high demand, we apologize for the inconvenience.

    Not sure why it says November though

  28. Anonymous said on September 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    After trying intermittently all day, it worked for me at 3:30pm mountain time.

    1. Anonymous said on September 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      I got the email with my username and password however now I can’t get past the login as it times out. You get what you pay for, I guess. FWIW, I’m in the US and not using any proxy.

  29. Anonymous said on September 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Website’s down

  30. Todd said on September 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Submit button is still broken for me. I’ve submitted a support ticket on the site which actually worked fine, but no reply yet.

  31. oss said on September 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Not working yet. Maybe it is slow for registered users. But the submit button get the same error.

  32. Scott said on September 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Confirmed as working now, From NZ, slow but working

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for letting everyone know. As I said, they have probably been swarmed with reviews and new users.

      1. Scott said on September 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

        Further to my last,
        I registered yesterday when I first spotted this artcle ( thank you)
        and got an immediate username and password issued from the site.
        I tried logging in with Sasbzdb last night with no result, time-out on the connection. This morning however it worked on a test App download of 3 Meg. That’s when I reported it was working. I’ve since tried with a 600 meg file and that stopped after 30 meg, with a connection refused status, I’ll keep stabbing at it, and as you say its probably the rush and they didn’t expect half the planet to take them up on it. It will come in handy here in NZ since they brought in the skynet law on 1st Sept. I’ve a lot of less tech friends who torrented and are now nervous.

  33. Todd said on September 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Same thing here. Argh.

  34. whino said on September 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I’m facing the same problem as Paul and I’m from Belgium! Me thinks their site is a bit broken… I’m feeling tempted to try the Bobby Tables trick…

  35. downlz said on September 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Ya facing the same prb as Paul.i’m frm India

  36. Paul said on September 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Same issue (Duplicate entry ’14251′ for key 1) here in CANADA. Is this only for the countries listed in the drop down?

  37. fazil said on September 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Can i get subscription in to this iam from india?

  38. DrTrunks said on September 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Looks like they got SQL injected?
    Getting the same error here in the Netherlands

  39. Ed said on September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I get the same error as above two. Is this confirmed to work for US?

  40. oss said on September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Same error for me:

    .Submit error: SyntaxError: missing ) in parenthetical
    Duplicate entry ‘14251’ for key 1

  41. David Macdonald Ajang said on September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Can’t register. I got the following message instead:

    .Submit erroe: SyttaxError: Syntax erroe
    Duplicate entry ‘14251’ for key 1

  42. jb said on September 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Thanks guys, the missing piece of the puzzle has now been found.

  43. jb said on September 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I managed to get an account for xsusenet with confirmation email and downloaded sabnzbd but am a total n00b to usenet.
    I gather sabnzbd is a downloader like utorrent is for torrents and I was able to input my account details into sabnzbd.

    What I dont understand is how you search for the nzb files.
    Can someone point me in the right direction please.

    thanks in advance

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

      You can use binsearch.info for instance for that, check this out https://www.ghacks.net/2008/03/08/the-best-usenet-search-engines/

    2. Scott said on September 26, 2011 at 9:28 am
  44. Ralph said on September 26, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Site down?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Yes appears to be down, maybe they have been swarmed by new users.

  45. Todd said on September 26, 2011 at 7:50 am

    The page doesn’t even load for me…

  46. Scott said on September 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I got the access password etc for my account but cant seem to gain a connection, from New Zealand. I wonder if they will lock this down to Europe…. hope not..

  47. Mehdi S said on September 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Does not work…Dont see where to register

  48. paul(us) said on September 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Hoi Martin, Thanks for the tip. I have put this tip from you about the offer (not your article) (with a thanks to you) on main facebook account. I hope that this not a problem?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

      No problem at all :)

  49. Nicolai said on September 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Ben: Because PeerBlock is a crappy program that doesn’t “protect” you.

    What’s more interesting, is why the reader.xsusenet.com SSL cert points to reader2.xlned.com (and is issued by news.xlned.com). Does XSUsenet have a ‘connection’ to XLned?

  50. Jyo said on September 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Martin, did you use the Grabit client? It’s not working on SABnzbd…

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I used SABnzbd.

  51. Ben said on September 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    why does Peerblock blacklists it as “Netrouting Telecom”?
    could it be a honeypot?

  52. caiser said on September 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks guys

  53. Kling said on September 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    So this won’t work in the US?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      I’d say it should works, but have not tried,

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