Astraweb is great value for your money Usenet. Free SSL is available on all accounts and completion is 99%+. Multiple links to high quality providers means lightning fast speeds. Astraweb server farms are located in the US and EU and 20 simultaneous connections are allowed for customers. Astraweb does not resell and has total control over their servers and farms.
Astraweb’s retention and pricing are perhaps their greatest strengths. Astraweb’s binary retention is among the best in the business and now over 1500 days. Their pricing is also very inexpensive when compared to the other providers. Their least expensive plan, although sometimes more money than their counterparts, tends to offer you more bang for your buck. This means you can count on a healthy download quota, long retention, no term limit, and a low price at Astraweb, if you’re in the market for an inexpensive plan.
Astraweb is able to maintain a quality core service and low pricing by sacrificing on a lot of the extra frills typically offered by other Usenet providers. They don’t offer free Usenet search (however you can do a basic search for a newsgroup), nor do they offer free newsreader software. However, there are plenty of other ways to search Usenet for free, and there are even good newsreader software programs out there for free. So, if you’re willing to trade some of the extra bonuses to save a little cash, Astraweb may be for you.
One of the unique features of Astraweb plans are their “low-speed” offerings. These offerings are missing the “DSL” moniker, and are cheaper than their “DSL” counterparts. The low-speed offerings only allow a maximum transfer limit of 10Mbit/sec (updated Oct 2012). This is still not the typical “max” broadband/high-speed offering (which is maybe 20-30+Mbit/s). So, if you don’t have a super high speed connection or don’t mind sacrificing a little speed, you can save yourself some dough by purchasing a low speed plan from Astraweb.
Astraweb does have somewhat of an interesting plan catalog when compared to their competitors. First there is the high speed/low speed differentiation. Then there is really only one “normal” 1 month plan offering. After that they have plans for longer terms, or plans with block downloads (no term limit). So make sure you are comparing apples to apples when looking at Astraweb. Our Comparison Table has their “normal” monthly plan listed in the middle-tier (medium) and their largest block plan listed on the high end.
May 2011 Update: Astraweb has improved their retention with the rest of the big providers. They are now at 991 days! They have also improved their slower speed offerings to 5Mb/s (up from 1Mb/s). We have upgraded their “Value” rating from 3 to 4 to account for the improvement in retention and the upgrade on the transfer speed. In addition we have a really comprehensive and thorough review from a honest Astraweb subscriber. Please have a look!
Oct 2012 Update: Astraweb has improved their download speed, retention, and plan offerings. Binary Retention is now over 1500 days and increasing. Maximum download speed on the DSL plans has been increased from 5mbit/sec to 10mbit/sec. A very interesting new 1000GB Block Plan has been added for a one-time $50.
|Cost per 1 Month||$10.00 to $15.00 (varies)|
|Days of Binary Retention||1500+|
|Low Plan Term||None|
|Low Plan Quota||25GB|
|Low Plan Connects||20|
|Low Plan SSL||256bit|
|Low Plan Retention||1500+|
|Low Plan Cost||$10|
|Medium Plan Term||1 Month|
|Medium Plan Quota||Unlim|
|Medium Plan Connects||20|
|Medium Plan SSL||256bit|
|Medium Plan Retention||1500+|
|Medium Plan Cost||$15|
|High Plan Term||None|
|High Plan Quota||180GB|
|High Plan Connects||20|
|High Plan SSL||256bit|
|High Plan Retention||1500+|
|High Plan Cost||$25|