Nice to see them let you keep the 15GB account for that annual price.
I’ve been using Giganews for just over 3 years now and so far never had an issue. The only drawback which some will find annoying is that they do automatic monthly renewals, but as far as I can tell, there’s no minimum contract.
At this time of writing, the following are their package rates:
[li]Jade - 3GB - $2.99 (30-day binary limit)[/li][li]Pearl - 5GB - $4.99 (30-day binary limit)[/li][li]Bronze - 10GB - $7.99[/li][li]Silver - 35GB - $12.99[/li][li]Platinum - Unlimited - $24.99[/li][li]Diamond - " + VyperVPN - $29.99 (includes SSL)[/li][li]SSL & more connections - $5 add-on[/li][/ul]
One thing I do find useful is their ability to renew straight away when your usage has expired. For example, there’s a big jump between the 35GB $13 package and the Unlimited $25 package, but if you expect to stay within the 35GB limit most of the time, but need to download more than that occasionally, you can renew when the transfer allowance runs out. The next monthly cycle will in-turn be this renewal date next month.
For searching, I use Newsrover (also a client) and binsearch.info. Newsrover costs $30, which includes a year of search and then it’s $20 anually after that. Binsearch.info is a free Usenet search service if you don’t mind dealing with NZB files and loading them into a Usenet client (a bit like BitTorrent.)