When it comes to Usenet providers with a very high quality of service, Giganews is at the top of the list for many customers. Although the company is known for slightly higher prices, it is considered the place to go for those who want more from their Usenet provider. In the course of a Giganews review, I took a closer look at the company, which was founded back in 1994 – and reveal below how worthwhile it really is to sign up here. First of all, when it comes to customer support and Giganews retention, the company is second to none.
– Only one newsreader available free of charge
When it comes to Giganews’ rates, it’s not uncommon to hear talk of one of the most pricey Usenet providers in the industry. However, as I would like to point out here, this is not the case – all packages can be had for less than ten US dollars, which is about the same as the prices charged by others I have reviewed on Alynsmith.com. So, there is no need to look for a Giganews coupon to save in advance. But now to the rates on the Giganews download itself: At a maximum of $9.99, the provider features just as budget-friendly prices as many other companies. The advantage here is that you can choose from a one-month subscription, six months, and a full twelve-month term. If you choose the full term, you pay just $8.33 per month – and save more than 15 percent per month in comparison. Another advantage: Whichever package you choose.
14 day full service trial.
Those who would like to try out Giganews can do so for 14 days after registering and logging in to Giganews for the first time. Here, no limited data volume is provided, but you get unlimited access to the content and can download it accordingly. The speed is also not throttled, but you surf with high-speed bandwidth. If the 14 days expire and your Giganews account is still open, the trial period automatically turns into a subscription.
By the way: I find it particularly advantageous that a total of eight payment methods are made available if you decide to subscribe to the company. Not only are payments possible with VISA and Mastercard credit cards, but also via:
All in all, the provider makes a very good impression in this category, in my opinion. It does not need a Giganews coupon or special promotions to be able to afford the rates even with a rather small budget.
What is the essence of the Giganews service – and how does it differ from the rest of the industry? First of all, let’s say that with Giganews you can get access to 110,000 newsgroups. This is a bit low in comparison, since the provider Usenext, for example, can come up with up to 200,000 newsgroups. Giganews scores points in other ways: it offers a retention period of 17 years. This means that the company’s retention is on average five years longer than what other providers offer. Binaries have a retention period of three years – both of which Giganews is constantly expanding to provide the best possible experience. Also, copies of 100 percent of all content are available, so no important topics should be lost.
Anyone who wants to choose a Usenet provider must also be able to find out in advance to which newsreader free access is enabled. The Giganews packages only include the newsreader Mimo, which is one of the not-so-well-known programs. What makes Mimo stand out? First of all, the newsreader allows easy searching and filtering of Usenet content and simplifies downloading. NZB content can be imported, while posting your own content is also very simple. So far, so good – but unfortunately Mimo is only available for Windows and MAC OS, so Linux users come up a bit short. Mobile customers also have to make concessions, as my Giganews review shows.
It may be necessary to find and install a Newsreader that matches your operating system and device in order to download Giganews. This may well incur additional costs, so Giganews rates alone are not enough. The Giganews login cannot be used here either, so a new account must be created and the login must be done twice before Usenet surfing can begin.
Those who wish to cancel Giganews can close their account with the provider – in which case they will only have to pay for as long as the subscription period was selected. On the other hand, a letter of cancellation can also be drafted and submitted to customer service via the contact form or chat. In both cases, you can expect customer service to get back to you after about ten minutes – if you have requested a confirmation of cancellation, this will be sent to you.
If Giganews doesn’t quite meet your tastes, you can fall back on many alternatives. For example, there is the Usenet provider Usenext to discover, which provides access to more than 200,000 newsgroups. This was founded only six years later than Giganews, but brings six of its own servers in Europe and the USA. Here, too, a very good customer service can be discovered, which is similar to that of Giganews. Another good alternative, in my opinion, is Eweka – an EU-based company with independent servers and a network built in-house. The advantage of both alternatives I mentioned is that they offer free access to more newsreaders. So there is the right one for every operating system.
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