Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 0.1

After I wrote the TMobile minutes used Firefox extension, I received many requests to write a similar extension for Cingular, Spring, Verizon, etc. The difficulty, other than finding time to do it, is obviously I don't have account access to any of the other wireless web sites. Finally Mike Schmitt provided me with account access to Verizon and helped me with extensive testing and many useful suggestions. The first version of Verizon minutes Used Firefox Extension has arrived.


  1. Use Firefox's password manager to manage (retrieve and save) your Verizon Web site user name and password

  2. Optionally take a phone number specified by the user in case you have more than one phone number in the same account

  3. Display peak time minutes usage in the status bar.

  4. Display more detailed usage information in the status bar tooltip (after mouse-over the Verizon minutes usage status bar area), including the following information (if applicable):

    • Wireless Number
    • Peak, off peak and weekend minutes if more than 0
    • In calling peak and off peak
    • Time last call was made
    • In TXT sent and received
    • Other domestic sent and received
    • In PIX/FLIX sent and received
    • Other PIX/FLIX sent and received
    • Time last TXT message was made
    • Time last PIX/FLIX was made

  5. If you double click the Verizon minutes usage status bar area, you are directed to your account page, with no need to login


Blogger Curt said...

Any plans to add the same functionlity to the T-Mobile extension?

1/12/2006 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger ollyluya said...

I installed Verizon Minutes Used but it always tells me minutes loading, but that's as far as it goes.

1/16/2006 03:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same as Ollyluya for me. Says it's loading, but never does. Has the correct minutes when installed but doen't update.

Also, when I fill in options and click OK, I get the following Alert:

"An unknown error ocurred
TypeError: win.gVerizonMinutesUsed has no properties"

1/17/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Patey North said...

Same as "anonymous" posted... Says it's loading, and never does. I, too, get the Alert:

"An unknown error occurred

TypeError: win.gVerizonMinutesUsed has no properties"

Happy to help you develop this further, if that's helpful to you.


1/17/2006 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm having the same problems as ollyluya, anonymous, and mark...

1/18/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

for those users who get the TypeError: win.gVerizonMinutesUsed error, i believe you are using the option menu from the firefox's tools->extension... i need to look at that case. but in the meantime, you can simply right click on the status bar area (with the verizon logo) and choose option there, it should work and allow you to input your user name and password.

1/18/2006 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After ignoring it for awhile, I note that my status bar is updating correctly, and producing information when I hover. I withdraw my complaint. Good Job, but you are right about the Option menu. It is best accessed from the Status Bar, not the FireFox Extension Bar. Thanks

1/18/2006 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Pozezanac said...

This mod is just pure frickin genius.

Fantastic job! Thanks for your efforts!

1/19/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"incorrect user name or password" every time, but double-clicking properly logs into the verizon site, with the telephone # listed in your options box. what gives? any suggestions?

1/19/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also get the problem "Loading Verizon minutes used..."

Mousing over it get the following message: "InternalError: too much recursion".
Any suggestions.

1/19/2006 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger luedogg said...

Great Job!!

1/21/2006 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you develop this for Cingular too please


1/21/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this work with Verizon pre-paid service?

1/24/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

i doubt it will work with the pre-paid service. i have never tried it. you can try it. if it doesn't work, simply uninstall it.

1/24/2006 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you want help (ie access) developing for cingular, let me know at used the tmobile version heavily until last week when i switched to cingular.

3/13/2006 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Dale said...

Works great! However I thought you might want to know if you set the update rate too large it will get cannot connect. You ought to at least eliminate the very annoying dialog boxes the cannot connect in the toolbar / status bar is enough.

Thanks for your work,

3/23/2006 01:29:00 PM  

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