Author Topic: Hitnews (NETHERLANDS ONLY)  (Read 21036 times)

Offline RichardJ

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2008, 02:28:46 PM »
I post regularly and have no issues. Sometimes 1 or 2 people get the post damaged but 99% of the people has no problems with my uploads. Hitnews is fine for up and downloading, that's what I experience.

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2008, 12:46:25 PM »
hitnews doesn't create any new accounts for Non-Netherland customers... if you have an account you can still add new suscripton time with the old prices...

new prices for foreign user come to 12,50 € without SSL 15 with. also the new name of the froeign-provider is xennews...

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2008, 09:37:19 PM »
That would be a very sad news...
I see that xennews.com is part of VTmedia, as hitnews is..
But this is a major raise (x2)

How did you get that info?
Are you sure that hitnews.eu won't accept any new foreign subscriptions?

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2008, 12:51:19 PM »
http://www.xennews.com/index.php?id=14

...You’ve been redirected to this page because Hitnews.EU no longer supports international customers. We’d like to explain ourselves.

The reason is actually very simple and involves, as always, money. International traffic is very expensive. We didn’t realize this when we started but it turned out our international customers were actually costing us money.
So we had to do something about this. One option was to just block all international traffic and continue as a dutch provider. But we wanted to keep our loyal international customers satisfied so we set up the website you’re on right now: Xennews.Com.

There’s really no great way to say this so here goes: Yes, Xennews.Com is more expensive than Hitnews.EU. We still think we offer good value for money though. We’ve changed some things to make the service even better:

20 Connections
Xennews.com offers 20 connections for each account. This will improve the speed drastically for some users.

120 days retention
We’ve upped the retention a bit. Because of the new pricing we are now able to invest in more retention and a better service. The first 20 days extra are already set up and we will keep investing to make sure we can offer you the best.

Existing Hitnews.EU customers
If you have an active account at Hitnews.EU and you ended up here you can log in with your existing username and password at http://member.xennews.com/login.php. Your account has been transfered including any time you had left.
Please change the server from news.hitnews.eu into news.xennews.com.

We know that however we say this, it isn’t ideal for you. We can only ask for your understanding.

Best regards,
Xennews.Com Team...

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2008, 10:03:03 AM »
I dont know what "international" means for them.
I'm not redirected to xennews (from france)
And i just set up 6 more months
*cross fingers*

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2008, 11:42:32 AM »
...Existing Hitnews.EU customers
If you have an active account at Hitnews.EU and you ended up here you can log in with your existing username and password at http://member.xennews.com/login.php. Your account has been transfered including any time you had left. ...


i know if you log in you can still order more time but if you try ordering new you should get to the linked page... first step is accepting no new ones and then stopping renewals last step will be that all international (outside Netherlands) customers will been moved to xennews taking the time left with them...

basicaly now is the time to order an other 2 year account if you can afford it... i could only afford the 6 months aswell
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008, 11:44:03 AM by davidq666 »

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2008, 06:58:22 AM »
Looks like the guy who locked himself in for 2 years got a deal. I'm currently letting my time run out, and switching... They used to be the greatest bargain in usenet. However, if you are not local ... they just set up a new sister-service which will hopefully die a very quick death, and return to normal.

When you go to login, or sign up from the usa (maybe other countries), you will be redirected to xennews.com which is over 2x the cost. (monthly from 7.50 eu(10.65usd), now 12.50 eu(15.12), old quarterly was 18.50 eu(26.27usd), now is 35 eu(49.71usd). This means, even at the quarterly rate, they are charging 16.57/mo (oddly, more than their monthly rate). These new price, although more than TWICE as much, now include less service... you need to pay an ADDITIONAL 2.50eu for ssl per month!!!!

They have gone from bargain prices to as much, or more than competition, while only delivering marginally better service (in some cases worse). For 15 dollars you have your pick of a dozen us providers, most of them right on par with hitnews, retention within a few days, better speed, some with ssl... for instance, Astraweb is running a sale for 10/mo for life... I'm thinking of switching over given the new pricing.

Hitnews... you have lost at least a dozen customers I know of. I hope you are happy with your soon to be shrinking income... even AT double the price.

EDIT: I just noticed there was a page2... you guys already knew about xennews, but my rant is equally ranty none the less. :) ... and I have also sent a firmly written email to them letting them know I plan on leaving, and EXACTLY why i plan on leaving. I would strongly suggest EVERYBODY does, even if you havn't fully decided to leave them. If they receive enough emails, they JUST MIGHT turn things around... or at least put the prices a few bucks less. the us-> eur conversion sucks
« Last Edit: September 13, 2008, 07:03:40 AM by mysteryman »

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2008, 09:51:49 PM »
Realistically I NEVER expected those prices to last. You can expect them to keep a service going that was costing themselves money which ended up exactly what was happening. Why do you think the average cost of a news provider is 15+ ??

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2008, 12:45:28 AM »
Looks like the guy who locked himself in for 2 years got a deal. I'm currently letting my time run out, and switching... They used to be the greatest bargain in usenet. However, if you are not local ... they just set up a new sister-service which will hopefully die a very quick death, and return to normal.

When you go to login, or sign up from the usa (maybe other countries), you will be redirected to xennews.com which is over 2x the cost. (monthly from 7.50 eu(10.65usd), now 12.50 eu(15.12), old quarterly was 18.50 eu(26.27usd), now is 35 eu(49.71usd). This means, even at the quarterly rate, they are charging 16.57/mo (oddly, more than their monthly rate). These new price, although more than TWICE as much, now include less service... you need to pay an ADDITIONAL 2.50eu for ssl per month!!!!

They have gone from bargain prices to as much, or more than competition, while only delivering marginally better service (in some cases worse). For 15 dollars you have your pick of a dozen us providers, most of them right on par with hitnews, retention within a few days, better speed, some with ssl... for instance, Astraweb is running a sale for 10/mo for life... I'm thinking of switching over given the new pricing.

Hitnews... you have lost at least a dozen customers I know of. I hope you are happy with your soon to be shrinking income... even AT double the price.

EDIT: I just noticed there was a page2... you guys already knew about xennews, but my rant is equally ranty none the less. :) ... and I have also sent a firmly written email to them letting them know I plan on leaving, and EXACTLY why i plan on leaving. I would strongly suggest EVERYBODY does, even if you havn't fully decided to leave them. If they receive enough emails, they JUST MIGHT turn things around... or at least put the prices a few bucks less. the us-> eur conversion sucks

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2008, 06:02:18 AM »
been with hitnews for many many months and i challenge anyone to get unlimited usenet with ssl and speeds upto 30mbits with retention at about 100-120+ days for only 7.50 euros UNBEATABLE

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« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2008, 08:51:44 AM »
been with hitnews for many many months and i challenge anyone to get unlimited usenet with ssl and speeds upto 30mbits with retention at about 100-120+ days for only 7.50 euros UNBEATABLE

I believe you missed out where the price has been nearly doubled recently. The new monthly price WAS 7.50eur ($10.84)... now it is 12.50eur ($18.07). For only 15 dollars you can get unlimited astraweb with 157days and ssl. So...before, yes, thats why I used to be with them; now... no.

Also, to the post immediately above you pointed out a sale on astraweb. The sale is for $11/mo for the lifetime of the account. I believe this sale used to be for 9.99 but was raised. This meets or beats the old price, and both obliterate the new one. All while giving higher retention, as well as dual servers (us, eu) which also helps for completion. (occasionally I pick up stuff on eu server that are missing on us server)

That being said, I have 4 months left on my current account, and plan on riding it out till then. Hopefully they will regain their senses, for only a few bucks more, someone can buy giganews, which much higher retention.

Offline RichardJ

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2008, 09:02:31 AM »
The higher price is only for people outside The Netherlands, so I still pay 7,50 Euro per month.
Xennews is for non Dutchies, Hitnews for Dutchies. Personally I think there must be a new Xennews thread as they have splitted business.

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2008, 09:11:34 AM »
been with hitnews for many many months and i challenge anyone to get unlimited usenet with ssl and speeds upto 30mbits with retention at about 100-120+ days for only 7.50 euros UNBEATABLE

I believe you missed out where the price has been nearly doubled recently. The new monthly price WAS 7.50eur ($10.84)... now it is 12.50eur ($18.07). For only 15 dollars you can get unlimited astraweb with 157days and ssl. So...before, yes, thats why I used to be with them; now... no.

that is only for people outside The Netherlands so for most people 7.50 euros ($10.81) is still the best price out there

been with hitnews for many many months and i challenge anyone to get unlimited usenet with ssl and speeds upto 30mbits with retention at about 100-120+ days for only 7.50 euros UNBEATABLE
Also, to the post immediately above you pointed out a sale on astraweb. The sale is for $11/mo for the lifetime of the account. I believe this sale used to be for 9.99 but was raised. This meets or beats the old price, and both obliterate the new one. All while giving higher retention, as well as dual servers (us, eu) which also helps for completion. (occasionally I pick up stuff on eu server that are missing on us server)

that is a sale for a limited time only and will only remain active IF you never miss a month so i don't really count that

plus hitnews is $10.81 and this is $11 so the 0.19c isn't really worth it

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2008, 09:23:50 AM »
yes, i suppose for anyone local to hitnews still gets a good deal... but for... every other country in the world... not so much. And about the 'not miss a month' thing... I try to pay my bills early rather than late ;-)

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Re: Hitnews
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2008, 09:27:20 AM »
yes but that means you have to pay for it every month without fail or you lose that deal

anyway like i said it can't be beat (without a sale/trial offer)