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Eweka is our top choice for those looking for a European Usenet service provider. This Dutch Usenet provider currently offers a full 3,913 days of retention across all text and binary newsgroups, which is vastly more than other tier-1 Usenet providers within the region. Eweka also owns and operates its own network with multiple server locations throughout Europe that delivers good speeds and article completion both inside and outside of Europe. For these reasons, along with some of the features we highlight below, Eweka received our top pick among the Best European Dutch Usenet Providers of 2018.
Unlike US-based Usenet services, Eweka offers 2 types of plans. First, they offer a pre-paid plan, which is a popular payment model in The Netherlands. This means that you purchase days of access for your account in advance. After you run out of days or are about to run out of days, you just top off your account to keep your Usenet access active. You can add as many or as few of days that suits you best.
Eweka also offers subscription plans. We recommend this option for 2 reasons. First, it will save you 27% for the lifetime of your subscription. Secondly, it includes a 7 day free trial with unlimited downloads. We should note that very rarely will you find a service provider that offers a free trial with both unlimited GB and high-speeds (300 Mbps), so if you are looking around for a good free trial, this is the one to go with. Your free trial will also include a free newsreader with Usenet search and article preview capabilities.
Here is an overview of Eweka's prices. All plans, including the unlimited GB free trial, include the free newsreader with unlimited Usenet search and article previews.
- Free trial: 7 days with unlimited downloads, free SSL, and max retention
- Subscription High-Speed (300 Mbps). – €7/mo (27% lifetime discount + free trial)
- Pre-Paid High-Speed (300 Mbps) €9,60/mo
- Pre-Paid Standard (50 Mbps) – €7,50/mo
Eweka owns and operates its own backbone with multiple servers in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. None of their servers are leased from 3rd party providers, meaning you are getting direct access to a tier-1, independent service provider. This also means they are able to maintain the quality of their service as they do not rely on middle-man vendors to deliver the actual Usenet feeds to their customers.
When testing this service over the years, we have found them to provide the best, reliable speeds and lowest ping times.
Text and Binary Retention
Eweka offers among the best retention of any European Usenet provider. At the time of this review publication, they currently offer 3,913 days of retention across all text and binary newsgroups. Eweka also continues to grow retention across all of its server clusters, and at no added cost to their customers.
Completion and Speed
The Eweka newsfeed has over a 99.5% completion rate, which grades out very well. Any of their High-Speed plans will also give you 300 Mbps transfer feeds from any of their servers.
All plans provide unlimited high-speed transfers with no data caps. Some providers have a ‘soft cap,' meaning your speeds are downgraded or worse, your service is suspended, after transferring a certain amount of data from their servers. Eweka provides full unlimited access with no caps for the entire duration of your account.
Free Newsreader with Search
All plans, including the unlimited GB free trial, come with a free newsreader called NewsLazer. After you sign up for any Eweka plan, you will be taken to your account admin panel where you download the newsreader (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux versions available). Once it's downloaded, just enter your username and password and you will immediately be connected to Eweka's servers.
This newsreader comes with a lot of premium features and the fact that it's free makes it a great value add to your Eweka account. It will give you unlimited access to Eweka's servers including unlimited searches, unlimited file previews, and unlimited, SSL-secured downloads. It's also very simple to use, supports NZB files, and is very fast.
Eweka provides access to the highest quality newsgroups with all plans. You can connect to over 109,000 discussion groups from any of its newsgroup servers.
Free SSL Connections
All Eweka plans, including their free trial, will give you secured Usenet access with free 256-bit SSL encrypted connections.
Eweka tech support is available 24/7 if you have any questions. They also have Dutch, English, German, and French customer support agents on staff.
Risk Free, Unlimited GB Trial
Eweka understands that new members need some time to test the service. In response they offer a 7-day free trial. The free trial includes unlimited downloads, free SSL, and a free newsreader with integrated search and file previews. You can cancel your free trial at any time and you will not be charged, no questions asked.
If you want a very high-speed European Usenet service, then Eweka.nl is our top recommended option. They operate a very fast and reliable independent network with multiple server clusters, have the best retention, deliver great article completion, and give you a free newsreader with integrated search and file previews. You can also try their service for free for 7 days with unlimited GB (free newsreader is also included).