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 Alynsmith.com 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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