In unprecedented move, Mozilla Firefox partners with ProtonVPN

Last updated: January 5, 2021
Mozilla and ProtonVPN

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We got some important news from Mozilla and ProtonVPN – the two are trying on a partnership. Shortly, a random selection of US-based Mozilla users will be offered to give ProtonVPN a try. The pleasure isn’t free but this experiment will let people buy a $10 subscription directly from Mozilla, granting the same terms and features as a regular ProtonVPN subscription.

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It’s obvious why this deal is appealing to the Swiss VPN provider, but why have Mozilla decided to go for it?

Mozilla’s motivations

Firefox is clearly the odd one out of the top 4 browsers by usage, the other three being Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Each has a rich and powerful company behind it – Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Mozilla, in comparison, is much more of a David than a Goliath. As such, the company has had to make some compromises for funding. Namely, they have survived as a result of partnerships with Search providers like Google, Yandex, or Baidu.

To quote Mozilla:

For some time now Mozilla has largely been funded by our search partnerships. With this VPN experiment which kicks off Wednesday, October 24th, we’re starting the process of exploring new, additional sources of revenue that align with our mission.

In short, Mozilla went searching for a financial arrangement that would be both lucrative, compatible with their principles, and relevant for the product.

Of all the fish in the sea, why ProtonVPN?

As our readers may already know, we are quite partial to ProtonVPN. Mozilla seems to echo some of the talking points of our ProtonVPN Review:

  • ProtonVPN stands out in terms of security. The product is aimed at those for whom anonymity matters the most – journalists, activists, and the like.
  • Their privacy practices are faultless. The company behind ProtonVPN is based in privacy-friendly Switzerland, enabling their no-logging policy.
  • Ethics. Both companies preach the gospel of a free internet and practice what they preach – or so it seems.

Both Mozilla and ProtonVPN are strong brands with relatively unblemished reputations. It’s likely they both see this partnership as one that will give them credibility.

How will it all work?

In the near future, Mozilla will start randomly displaying a promotional pop-up to some of their US clients, informing them of the Firefox-ProtonVPN partnership.

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Users will then get the choice of purchasing a monthly subscription for $10 – the same deal that ProtonVPN offer on their website. This includes the same features, servers, as well as customer support resources and money-back policies (the 30-day money-back guarantee will still apply).

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It seems the only difference is users will not be able to buy the lengthier (and cheaper) plans, at least for the time being. Also, would-be clients should know that ProtonVPN also has a decent free version for those who can’t afford to pay.

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  1. goodboygriffin

    Do you know if this $10 fee is a one-time fee or a monthly one? I’d be interested to see how it works as a low-cost addition to a relatively stable and reliable browser. I’ve always been a fan of Firefox, and it’s highly underrated in my opinion, so maybe this will do something to launch it into real competitive territory with the other big three. I’d love to see a resurgence of this browser!

    1. Kevin Marlowe Author

      Hi, the $10 fee is a monthly one. Still a worthy combination to have!

  2. Adam Willis

    This is a great move by Mozilla as it explores new ways to keep people safe online. It also allows them to make money somehow, given that they are going to provide a product like Mozilla Firefox for free.

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