Firstload Review - Usenet Provider Put To The Test

Anyone who wants to gain access to Usenet can choose from a variety of providers. These often entice with many advantages – but this does not mean that the overall appearance really fits every need. Therefore I go here on more closely on the individual Usenet providers and their strengths, as well as weaknesses. I also put Firstload to the test here – a well-known provider in Germany with headquarters in England, which has been known for difficulties time and again lately. Were the latter able to catch up?



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Advantages and disadvantages of the provider

  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • More than five terabytes of new data every day
  • Access to over 100,000 newsgroups
  • Support also available by phone
  • Since 1979 already active on the market
– Only 1,200 days retention

The prices - can I save with a Firstload coupon?

The good news is: Firstload can come up with some rates when it comes to Usenet access. But even at first glance, it’s noticeable that the prices are significantly higher than those of other Usenet providers. While many providers, such as Giganews, offer unlimited access for just under ten euros, this provider can charge up to 40 euros per month. The provider can make up for this by offering mobile flat rates, which are unlimited in terms of data volume. It is also an advantage in my Firstload experience that all packages have unlimited speed when surfing – there is no throttling. Whoever can get hold of a Firstload coupon and secure the packages cheaper, is still clearly at an advantage here.

All packages enjoy unlimited bandwidth when surfing. However, the disadvantage here is that the data volume is quite generous, but not unlimited. Frequent surfers must therefore sometimes expect higher costs than is the case with other providers in my Firstload experience. Most packages can only be paid for with a credit card such as Mastercard or VISA, which is also a disadvantage in my eyes. Because: Flexibility is not offered with it.

Test Firstload free of charge for 14 days.

If you want to see the Firstload software for yourself, you can do so for 14 days. Here, a full 15GB is available at full speed, and another 300GB at a maximum of 2,000kbit/s. The test phase then automatically turns into a six-month subscription.

Reach 100,000+ Newsgroups in the easiest way possible

Firstload is a British company that has been around since 1979 and has already made a name for itself here in Germany. Due to the many years of experience, it can actually be assumed here that the Firstload software is perfectly adapted to the customer. In this regard, I can say: In fact, the Firstload software is more than easy to handle and get up and running, which is an advantage for newcomers. The retention period of this company is 1,200 days. While this is respectable, it unfortunately can’t keep up with most providers in the industry, some of which have already racked up more than 4,600 days of retention. However, the 30-day money-back guarantee speaks for the company, as it ensures risk-free use in the first month. Of particular interest: the Usenet provider offers new customers free training, so that they can first learn all the basics and then skilfully get started with Usenet surfing. This not only saves a lot of time and effort, but also ensures that everything runs smoothly right from the start.
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The Firstload Newsreader - included for free in the package

Those who decide to download Firstload can access a newsrader for free: Namely LUMAC. This is very clearly structured and easy to use, but still somewhat limited in some respects: For example, it is only available for Windows and does not support NZB files. On the other hand, it is a free reader, so no further fees are to be expected. However, if you want, you can also look for another newsreader and install it, as long as it is supported by Firstload.

FAQs - all questions about Firstload answered

What is Firstload?

Firstload is a Usenet provider that gives you access to the Internet alternative. It lets you come across uncensored content and follow your favorite topics – without any advertisements.

Is Firstload still available?

Although Firstload was considered to be unavailable for a while, the provider is actually controllable. The simple handling and many advantages do not make the Usenet provider one of the most popular providers for nothing: Already more than 2 million customers rely on the platform.

How to cancel Firstload?

It is easy to cancel Firstload. For a one-month plan, this process is not necessary – but if it is to be done for a subscription with a longer term, a written notice of cancellation must be drawn up. My tip at this point: Ask for a confirmation of cancellation.

Does Firstload offer VPN?

There is no Firstload software or Firstload download with VPN. After the Firstload login you get SSL-encrypted access to the Usenet, VPN is missing though. Nevertheless, you can be sure that your data will be protected in the best possible way. Up to 30 connections with SSL encryption are possible.
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Alternatives to Firstload

Firstload is, in my experience, one of the most popular providers in Germany. However, it doesn’t hurt to look at one or two alternatives to the Firstload software. For example, there is the provider Giganews, which offers unlimited data volume at the best speed. Giganews also provides access to more than 100,000 newsgroups – but with a retention period of a whopping 17 years! Another alternative can be NewsLeecher: For example, because of its 4,650 days retention and unlimited download options. Both of the aforementioned alternatives also prove to be significantly more affordable.

Conclusion: Final words about Firstload

Firstload is impressive when it comes to customer service, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee. The latter is very rare in the industry and therefore makes a big advantage, in my opinion. The simple operation scores quite clearly as well – otherwise more than two million customers would certainly not be convinced by the provider. However, the retention time would have to be even better here to keep up with the top providers in the industry. The rates are also a bit more expensive in comparison and could be improved in the future – which is why I only give it three out of five stars at the moment.

“Firstload offers a rock-solid entry into the Usenet world – though it also comes with more intensive costs”

3.0 / 5.0 rated by Alyn Smith

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