Mozilla Says Paid Version of Firefox With Premium Features Coming Later This Year

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The Mozilla Foundation is working on a premium version of its Firefox browser, according to a new report. German media site T3N ran an interview with Chris Beard, CEO of Firefox, who appeared to confirm that a paid tier of the browser could be ready to launch by October this year.

According to Beard, the premium version of Firefox is likely to include a VPN, secure cloud storage, and other subscription services such as paywalled content access.
"We will probably launch some new services first and then we will think carefully about which model makes the most sense while ensuring the best user safety," said Beard. "Firefox and many security features and services, like ETP [Enhanced Tracking Protection], will still be free, that's for sure."
Mozilla has been experimenting offering ProtonVPN to some Firefox users for a $10 per month subscription, but Beard says the company is now considering offering some amount of free VPN bandwidth to non-paying users, and a premium metered VPN service as a monthly subscription.

Mozilla currently earns its money through read-it-later and content discovery service Pocket, which it owns, but the majority of its revenue comes from the search engines used in its free browser.

After Beard's interview was published, The Next Web received a statement from Dave Camp, senior vice president of Firefox, who confirmed that paid products are actively in development:
We were founded on the belief that the internet should be open and accessible to all. A high-performing, free and private-by-default Firefox browser will continue to be central to our core service offerings. We also recognize that there are consumers who want access to premium offerings, and we can serve those users too without compromising the development and reach of the existing products and services that Firefox users know and love.
There's no word as yet on pricing for the upcoming paid version of Firefox, the standard version of which relaunched last year powered by a new Quantum engine and including several privacy-focused features.


In perhaps a hint at its planned new product launches, Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled a family of new Firefox logos, designed to give a unified identity to its broadening suite of products and services that become accessible to users who open a Firefox account. For example, Lockwise is a secure password manager, and Monitor that notifies users if their email has been part of a known data breach.

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WalterTizzano

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Wait... Firefox is still a thing?
Yes, and it’s by far the best browser on Windows’s. On Mac I prefer safari.
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Who/why would anyone need or want this?
Firefox is junk anyway. Massive memory hog and is just outdated.
Chrome is best, functionality and design wise
It’s not true anymore. On the contrary, chrome is now much more of a memory hog than the latest versions of Firefox. And as a plus, Firefox doesn’t spy on you.
 

chucker23n1

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I generally think this is a good thing. There's a risk they'll be incentivized to make many features "premium" that otherwise would have been free and open source, but we have to get away from this notion* that a web browser isn't allowed to cost money.

*) Which dates back all the way to the Netscape-Microsoft browser wars. Netscape wasn't free, but you'd typically get it subsidized through your ISP or you'd get it from a CD on a magazine (remember magazines with CDs on them?). IE came free, which was clearly not what it cost to make.
 

FamVR

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I like Firefox and using a VPN is good for the user, when privacy matters.

P.s. Not too many Dutch people will know this, but you can be proud, because it was a Dutch guy that came up with the tabs and a content blocker for Mozilla.
 

Shirasaki

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Who/why would anyone need or want this?
Firefox is junk anyway. Massive memory hog and is just outdated.
Chrome is best, functionality and design wise
Soon Chrome will permanently remove the API or something similar to that that allow current ad blockers to remove ads before they are displayed on user browser.
What about this move? Chrome eats memory real fast as well.
 

Michvuee

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Please get an actual VPN that doesn’t track you and not within the 14 eye like NordVPN or ExpressVPN
 

cloudyo

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Does anyone else think that the service market is becoming a little bit crowded lately?
 
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Davidglenn

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It is good Firefox is offering both free and paid browser. With most browsers being free they really need something outstanding to want people to pay money.
 
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I'm not sure there's a market for a premium paid browser, while firefox doesn't have the largest following, I wonder if the dedicated folks who do use it, will be willing to pay
 

Zenithal

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ProtonVPN is fairly fast and their support is a little better than PIA. Can't imagine Mozilla is making off much per subscription. Mozilla made around $560M last year, though. Spent roughly $3M on mobile software (which has yet to release).

I've been frustrated with Chrome's weird nuances since 2011-2012 and refuse to use it for extended periods of time. Chrome x64 will eat through the 64 GB of RAM in my workstation if I let it, meanwhile a hundred tabs in Firefox may eat just 4-6 GB in total. Often the difference can be as much as 30 GB. Google crippling APIs that ad-blockers use in the near future takes the cake.

Chrome is very much the IE of today.

Please get an actual VPN that doesn’t track you and not within the 14 eye like NordVPN or ExpressVPN
Proton VPN is located in Switzerland in underground data centers.
 
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If I need use another browser beside Safari (my default) I use Firefox. I never thought I’d say that, but the more recent releases of Firefox make it a much better browser than it used be back in the day, when everyone raved about it, but I didn’t like it. It’s more private, not slow and more attractive now. As for Chrome, I don’t trust Google. For the same reason I’ve stopped using Facebook app and website and insta and have never used WA. You think I’m your product, think again.

My big wish re privacy is for Apple to either release iMessage for Android or for Signal to be more popular in Europe. If Apple truly care for their user privacy they’ll offer Apple users the ability to contact both Apple and Android users over their encrypted chat via iMessage. Until that day I’ll remain convinced the almighty dollar and not privacy or the experience are Apple’s true north. Get a percentage of droids hooked on iMessage and it makes it awful easy for them to try iPhone as their next phone, they can slip on over. And seeing as there are many more droid than iPhone users stats wise the larger flow of users will come from dark to light. So I expect even financially it would be a win for them. But it would certainly be a privacy win for users.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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A premium feature Firefox could offer that I’d pay for: Access to all paid websites for $8.99/month, where the publishers get $6.25 (75%) of that. It has to be a better deal for publishers than Apple News+ is.

As a developer already pissed at Apple for the 70/30 split, News+’s 50/50 split was a step in the wrong direction, so I refuse to pay for it out of principle. Apple’s monopolies need to end.
 
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