10 June 2019
Mozilla is prepping up a version of its browser that will work on a subscription basis. Announced as a plan back in June, Mozilla is now teasing this new service to its users and inviting them for testing so as to learn more about its ideology of distraction-free reading.
This is going to be an ads-free news subscription service that Mozilla likes to call “Firefox Ad-free Internet.” As its purpose defines, the service intends to give you access to your favorite publications without having to look at ads.
As per Mozilla’s first look portal of this service, which is more like a teaser website, users need to pay $5 a month to get access to the content they love the most minus the advertisements they hate. The portal makes the users understand how this payment is going to be used,
We share your payment directly with the sites you read. They make more money which means they can bring you great content without needing to distract you with ads just to keep the lights on.
Mozilla further explains that subscribers will also get access to audio versions of articles; the service would also sync your bookmarks; users will get to have exclusively top recommended reads, an app that helps you find and finish great content. Mozilla also explains that this ad-free service works everywhere. So, no matter if you’re reading an article from a website or finding your content from Twitter or Reddit, this service will work everywhere.
It is assumed that the service will off the publications already available through Scroll’s (Mozilla's partner) ad-free news subscription product, including BuzzFeed, Slate, The Atlantic and USA Today.
Another teaser website suggests the existing VPN service will be rebranded as “Firefox Private Network” and offered for either $5, $10, or $13 per month.
It’s not clear when Mozilla will release this service to the public but currently, it’s just doing a kind of survey with a bunch of users.