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Score a Free Usenet Account at XSUsenet

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If you’re interested in experimenting with Usenet but not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge and get a paid account somewhere, XSUsenet is offering free (albeit reduced speed) Usenet accounts.

The speed and connection quality is significantly less than some of the providers we highlighted in our How-To Geek Guide to Usenet but free is free. With the XSUsenet free account you’re limited to 1MB download and 2 concurrent connections. It’s not much but it is free and more than sufficient if your Usenet needs lean towards conversation and small files.

Not sure what to do with your Usenet account? We’d recommend reading our Usenet guides in this order: Getting Started with Usenet, Supercharging Your SABnzbd Experience, and Using Sickbeard to Turn Your Usenet Connection into a Tivo.

XSUsenet Free Accounts [via GHacks]

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  • Published 09/26/11

Comments (18)

  1. GoingRogue

    Syntax errors when creating an account.

  2. Anthony

    I’m getting the same error too. :(

  3. Peter

    Syntax error for me too. Also, why are only three countries shown in the dropdown?

  4. Gregg

    Maybe you have to use VPN or TOR so that your ip originates in Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany.

  5. rlocone

    It’s something to do with that blasted captcha. I emailed them about it. I hope it’s a good alternative. I’m paying $20 per month for PowerUSENET.

  6. Eva

    No, Gregg, it isn’t that. I’m in Germany, and I’m consistently getting errors as well.

  7. bhupender

    does anyone come up with a solution on how to register on this site.. getting the same error.

  8. Chris Mathews

    Agreed, Eva. I’ve got a VPN and tried both Netherlands and Germany. It’s the captcha.

  9. G41M

    On FF, with No script addon in effect, the sign up window says;

    “November 26 2011, 11:43 PM CET
    Signups have been temporarily suspended due to high demand, we apologize for the inconvenience”.

    This maybe the cause of sign up error.

    Don’t know about the date though.

  10. glen

    It’s a one megabit download, not megabyte as stated in the article. There’s a big difference.

  11. VanManWTF

    This does not bode well for a Usenet site, does it???

  12. XS Usenet B.V.

    We expect to start accepting new signups again this afternoon. As mentioned before, we have been swarmed with new users and our front-ends simply could not deal with the significant load increase.

    We apologize for the inconvenience. For those who have already opened an account with us, we hope it is to your likings! For those waiting to create one, please bear with us a bit longer.

    Kind regards,

    XS Usenet Team

  13. jroriginal

    Yeah, I’m getting the excess demand error too.

  14. Spoko

    Is it just me or is anyone else getting “error: Captcha code incorrect”

  15. spydarr

    I just got through. Make sure you answer the math question below the standard Captcha window before clicking on “Subscribe”.

  16. DiscoDecepticon

    cant get this to work with SABnzbd… can anyone help me out?

  17. rlocone

    Sign ups are working. I’ve discovered 2 things. 1. You are not getting a 1M connections. 2. Their SSL times out. If you use port 80 then it works.

  18. a5708149

    Sign ups are working and I am getting 1M in the US.

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