The Usenet provider Giganews has just announced that it has made changes to several of its plans that benefit new and existing users of the service. As a long-standing user of the service, this is a welcome change considering that it is a premium Usenet service.
Tip: If you never heard of the Usenet / newsgroups before or are just getting started, check out our Usenet guide here which provides you with all there is to know about it.
The Usenet is a platform that you can connect to using applications or web interfaces. An account provides you with access to a long-standing discussion system. It is like a very big forum where users from all over the world exchange information and files.
A Usenet provider is needed to access the Usenet. While all provide you with access, what is included in the subscription plan differs highly from provider to provider. This includes binary and textual data retention, the performance of the connection, data usage limitations or additional services and features that are made available on top of that.
Giganews Usenet plans
Giganews announced today that it has decreased the price of its Diamond and Platinum accounts by $5 Dollars each, so that Diamond and Platinum accounts are now $29.99 and $19.99 per month. There have been other changes as well.
VyprVPN, the company’s virtual private network service, is now also available for Platinum account subscribers inf form of a VyprVPN Basic account. It was previously only available to Diamond account subscribers, which now get access to VyprVPN Pro instead.
Last but not least, the company’s own Mimo Usenet Reader is now available on all plans.
Here is the new comparison chart between Diamond and Platinum plans:
As you can see, the Diamond plan is still offering more value than the Platinum plan, at least for users who require the additional features that it offers.
Giganews offers three limited plans as well which may be interesting to users who just get started with the Usenet. Limited means that the monthly file transfer rate (to the user system) is limited to a certain size in Gigabytes.
The price drop may come as a surprise to many. What may have caused it is the number of alternative Usenet services that offer access to newsgroups for a lot less than Giganews does.
If you want a Usenet account and also require a VPN, then Giganews is certainly an option for that as it provides you with access to both using a single account.