It’s going to cost you.
If you have been using the Firefox web browser for free since it first appeared way back in 2002, but now that’s about to change as the company is planning to launch a premium version of its Firefox browser later this year.
According to a report by programmer, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard was recently interviewed by German website t3n where he confirmed a premium version of Firefox is set to appear in October. It will require a subscription in order to take advantage of the new features Mozilla is set to introduce.
During the interview, Chris explained that there’s no plan to charge users for current features that are free: ‘’so, what we want to clarify is that there is no plan to charge money for things that are free. So we will roll out a subscription service and offer a premium level. And the plan is to introduce the first one this year toward fall. We aim for October.
‘’We also tested VPN. We can tell if you’re on a public Wi-Fi network and want to do online banking and say, “Wow, you really should use VPN.” You can imagine we’ll offer a solution that gives us all a certain amount of free VPN Bandwidth and then offer a premium level over a monthly subscription. Also ‘’We want to add more subscription services to our mix and focus more on the relationship with the user to become more resilient in business issues.’’ he said.
Details about the pricing are still scanty and the premium plans of Mozilla are actually not yet public—As things stand, a built-in VPN and secure cloud storage are the features rumored to be a part of a premium Firefox. It’s likely there will be other things that make your subscription fee worthwhile, too.
We hope to hear more soon.