19 November 2020
It has been quite some time since Mozilla has been trying to figure out ways to generate revenue via its Firefox browser. Since its relationship with Google turned sour, it has become even more important to find answers. And now, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has shared some details about possible revenue plans in a conversation with a German online publication T3N.
Beard revealed that the team is considering offering a paid Firefox Premium subscription plan. The monthly fee is said to be a small one but exact pricing has not been decided yet. The users who will choose to buy the plan will have access to certain extra services like VPN and secure cloud storage.
If you might remember, Mozilla already has a partnership with ProtonVPN which was announced last year. It allows Firefox users to get all the benefits of ProtonVPN Plus plan for only $10 per month. But going forward, the team is thinking of providing free but limited VPN service to users with the hope of enticing them to go for the monthly subscription for extra benefits.
Mozilla is hoping to release Firefox Premium sometime around this fall which is by 2019 end. This is only an expected timeline and things can surely change as the time will pass. It is yet to figure out a number of things including what services to offer and at what price. These two things will definitely be crucial as users will certainly look at them before making a decision.
Bear did make one thing clear and it is that all of the existing free Firefox features will continue to be free. It means if you are a regular Firefox user and does not want to pay for the Premium, you do not have anything to be worried about. The free Firefox experience will stay the same as Premium will bring something extra in exchange for a monthly fee.