Usenet Goes Mobile - The Mobile Applications Overview

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Usenet Goes Mobile - The Mobile Applications Overview

We get many questions about how to download files found on our site though any Usenet provider if you are using a smartphone. This would be very useful, if there is a possibility to download a song or a movie to your iPhone, Android or any other device - especially if you are on the way and need it fast.  

At this point I must disappoint you - there is not any application that would be able to transfer binary files to your mobile phone in the same way as your PC client does. Mobile devices are not fast enough, many do not support audio and video types of files, mostly all can not properly work with archives - all this leads to the limited functionality of a mobile phone compared with your home computer. The majority of listed apps are perfect to handle the articles from text newsgroups.


NewsTap is a powerful Usenet Newsreader for mobile devices. The app was created by Alexander Clauss and runs on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The latest version is 4.0.1 and you can get the universal app for $3.99. There is also a NewsTap Lite version for free that you can start with and check the features of the program.



PhoNews is a mobile Usenet reader that can be downloaded from iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and from Google Play for Android devices. The app supports multiple servers configuration to read several text newsgroups at the same time. The navigation through newsgroups, threads and posts is created in easy and convenient way. The threads will be sorted in hierarchically order. Quotes and signatures of articles are highlighted with different color, new messages are marked - all this leads to user-friendly use of the application. Phonews is free.


NZB Mobile

NZB Mobile is a Usenet client for Windows mobile devices that can be used to download media from Usenet newsgroups directly to your mobile phone. This application will make it possible to connect with a newsgroups, choose an NZB file and start download through WLAN or 3G. NZB Mobile supports up to 6 simultaneous connections, provides SSL encryption, shows a storage monitor to manage free mobile space, makes it possible to configure a multi-server connection and much more features. The latest version of NZB Mobile is 3.1 and it can be downloaded and used for the price of $14.95.


SabNZBd is a very popular Usenet client for PC and thousands of people all over the world use it to dowload files. Now the software goes mobile and offers a mobile application SabMobile. The app can be downloaded from iTunes for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and from Google Play for Android devices. With the app you will get the remote control over your SabNZBd program. In other words you will be able to search for NZB files through a support of Newznab indexers, manage your downloads, configure the download speed and much more features. SabMobile is a very powerful Usenet application for mobile devices and can be used for $2.99 for iOS and $1.99 for Android.



Mews is a Usenet/NNTP client for Windows mobile devices. The app allows a user with a possibility to download and read articles from any public NNTP host. The client can be used in offline modus, supports file attachments (if your device can open a type of file), establishes connection through WLAN or 3G and much more useful features. Mews with the actual version 1.0 can be used for free.

There were just some of much more Usenet applications for mobile phones. We are living in fast growing technological world, so that I would not wonder if in several months or years mobile phones will be able to download files from Usenet with the same options as desktop client does. Usenet goes mobile - it’s just the beginning! 


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