Mozilla Firefox To Have A Paid Subscription Service In October

Mozilla is working on a premium version of Firefox

Mozilla is working on a premium version of Firefox

Mozilla is looking into options that would result in the launch of a paid-for version of Firefox this autumn. In an interview with T3N, Mozilla's CEO Chris Beard gave little insight into the company's future plans.

As TNW reports, via its German source, Mozilla has already experimented with a partnership with ProtonVPN and $10 subscription deals.

While he didn't go into specifics on how much a paid Firefox would cost per month it's clear that it will include a VPN with a limited amount of data with a premium tier for metered access.

"The "Firefox" you've always known as a browser is stretching to cover a family of products and services united by putting you and your privacy first", Mozilla creative director Tim Murray said.

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Beard was quick to address potential concerns of people who now use Firefox as their day to day browser. It's still unclear if there will be only one subscription service encompassing all the premium features, or of each feature will be a separate subscription.

Mozilla also plans to be more aggressive towards taking down extensions that break its policies, with a focus on security issues. He also revealed that no less than 90 percent of the company's revenue comes from its search deals and mentioned a VPN service as an example of a premium service that could be added to Firefox.

Firefox Premium (or whatever it ends up being called) would not affect the functionality of the free Firefox browser, but would instead offer additional functionality that we are, perhaps, now getting elsewhere.

"Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files". The new look is said to support its evolving product line and the four pillars of its branding; "radical, kind, open and opinionated". It will require a subscription in order to take advantage of the new features Mozilla is set to introduce.

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