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Mozilla to offer premium services to Firefox users via paid subscriptions

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 12/06/2019 Relaxnews
a screenshot of a cell phone: Firefox has previously experimented with subscriptions that offered VPN services. © Courtesy of Mozilla Firefox has previously experimented with subscriptions that offered VPN services.

In an interview with German magazine t3n, Mozilla's CEO revealed the company's plans to offer premium features like VPN service and cloud storage to those who opt into a paid Firefox subscription.

In an interview published recently by German magazine   and spotted by  Monday, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard discussed the company's plan to offer Firefox users a monthly subscription option that would give them access to premium features potentially including cloud storage and a specific amount of VPN bandwidth.

After emphasizing that the company will not begin charging fees for services and tools that are currently free through the browser, Beard revealed that Mozilla is targeting a fall release for this subscription service, possibly October.

He also admitted that the "first" tier will launch in October, suggesting that the upcoming service will consist of several levels.

Last October, Mozilla a Firefox VPN service for $10 as an "experiment;" only a small number of random users were presented with this offer in a move designed to give the company insight into how many people would be willing to pay. Though the results have not been publicly published, they are evidently positive, as an official VPN-offering subscription will likely launch this year.

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