Mozilla Might Soon Offer a Subscription Service for Firefox

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Mozilla Firefox, Web browsers with 19 Comments

Mozilla could be rethinking the way it offers some features on Firefox. The company is rethinking its business to generate more revenue and introduce new sources of revenue for the business, and one of them could involve offering a subscription service on Firefox.

Mozilla’s CEO Chris Beard said in an interview with German media outlet T3N that the company is exploring the idea of introducing a new subscription service to Firefox. The service will offer premium tiers to some built-in features on the browser, like offering more bandwidth for the built-in VPN or even offering secure cloud storage built-in to the browser.

Details about the new subscription service is unknown, and Mozilla isn’t revealing the pricing details yet. The company plans to launch the new service by Fall, around October.

But here’s the best part: all the features that are currently on Firefox won’t change. That means Mozilla will continue to offer the same features as part of Firefox, and only introduce new premium tiers that users can access with the new subscription, without affecting the existing, free users of the browser.

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19 responses to “Mozilla Might Soon Offer a Subscription Service for Firefox”

  1. Rares Macovei

    No one is going to pay a subscription for a browser. Lmao. This will burn in flames.

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to Cryio: I think the point is that you're not paying a subscription for the basic browser, but rather for optional additional functionality built into the browser which you might otherwise pay extra for through 3rd party products.

    • wright_is

      In reply to Cryio:

      You aren't paying a subscription for the browser. You are paying for additional services running through the browser.

      For example, instead of using paid for Dropbox storage, you could use the Firefox equivalent or if you use VPN, you could pay for higher bandwidth through the built-in one, which gives a free tier in co-operation with Proton Mail.

      Given they are alienating their primary sponsor (Google), by reducing the amount of information that Google can scrape from Firefox users, I would guess that their stipend from Google will gradually shrink over the coming years.

      • hellcatm

        In reply to wright_is:

        This is interesting but the VPN would only be through Firefox so if you want a VPN for other programs (If you use more than one browser for instance) you'd still have to go with an external VPN. Also their storage service would be a secondary one for a lot of people as well. I use Onedrive, I wouldn't want to just use the Firefox storage. Unless they make both the VPN and storage use for your whole system, but are people going to be willing to trust Firefox (not that they'll steal info, but security and reliability).

        • wright_is

          In reply to HellcatM:

          For many, the VPN through the browser would be all they want. But I agree, I don't see the benefits of the options mentioned so far. But it was more to counter Cryio, that you don't pay for the browser, but (optionally) for services on top.

  2. Jollytiki

    I personally would pay for the extra if it was worth it. I am trying to get away from all Google all the time. Between a Chromebook, Android Phone, and a PC..I like to change it up a bit on my PC and Firefox is my browser of choice.

  3. Lordbaal

    They will lose users that way.

  4. waethorn

    The VPN would only be worthwhile if the following are true:

    1) It's fast.

    2) They don't log anything.

    3) It isn't complicit with the "many-eyes" state-sanctioned data collection. (this one is tricky if not impossible to implement realistically - see )

    4) It works with Netflix and other VPN-averse services, otherwise people will just complain about it breaking stuff. (NordVPN works fine with Netflix, but has restrictions on geolocation)

  5. skane2600

    Opera includes a basic VPN for free.

  6. skane2600

    IMO Mozilla lives on borrowed time. It's original appeal was to people who hated Microsoft and IE. As Microsoft's dominance has waned and IE has become mostly irrelevant, that initial appeal has faded. They never had a viable business model.

  7. jchampeau

    Taking a browser that gets less than 10% usage share on desktop and less than 1% on mobile, and asking its users to pay for some add-ons they can only use through it, doesn't seem like a good strategy to me.

  8. red.radar

    I could be open to paying for some features. Right now I don't see how they sustain themselves if they are living off add revenue from the default search selection. Especially if they are making the strategic choice to be a "privacy" focused browser.

    If they can make a real high quality product with some killer features I would be open to paying for the browser. However, they would be trying to bring a business model back from the dead. No one has paid for a browser since Netscape....

    Little concerned here.... As the market share drops for Mozilla what happens if the search company that funds them decides to not renew the deal? I see sustainability concerns for Mozilla.

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