Monday, August 21, 2006

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 0.9

The new version fixed the problem with monthly minutes usage projection. Many thanks to Jeremy Hipp for helping me find the bug -- parseInt("08") actually treats the integer as octal.

You can download the new version here here .(save the file locally and then open it from Firefox: File->Open File...)


Anonymous Rob said...

I updated your extension to version 0.9 and filled out the Verizon information and choose my settings from the options menu. When I click the OK button, nothing happens, the Cancel button works but obviously that doesn't help with configuring this extension to work properly. Am I filling something out incorrectly or what? Please help, thanks.

8/22/2006 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

please try to download again. i believe i just fixed a problem with the new version.

8/22/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger B. Josh Becker said...

Awesome update, thanks :)

Is there any "official" way to make feature requests? I was just going to request to display the total txt messages sent in the toolbar as well as minutes used.


8/22/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I was coming on to post about the options window not working, as I tried to update the version on my work computer earlier today, and I see that you've updated it again since then! When I tried it last night after you changed it, it was fine, so I wonder what happened differently? Thanks!

8/22/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same problema nd re-downloaded and installed.

The problem is now gone/addressed.



8/22/2006 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Winston - Running Firefox at home in 98SE (I know). Is this compatible?

I got the following error message when I tried to install: 'Firefox could not install the file at ... because: Invalid hash file (possible download corruption)'.

Tried it twice; same problem both times.

Thank you.

8/23/2006 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...


i never tried it on 98. it should work.

dont know why you got a download corruption. try to open the file with winzip. if it can be opened, then it's not corrupted.

8/23/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Irie said...

Got new version and prog is working great. Thank you for a great program.

8/23/2006 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

Re: feature request


there is no official way to request new features. i also have very limited time to work on any new features. and i don't even have a verizon account to test any new feature.

on the other hand, make your request a little bit more clear. i will keep track of it and work on it if possible.

8/23/2006 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

winston. is seems the projection is only basing on 1 day for instance yesterday i had 120 minutes it said 1800 projected today 140 it says 2115 since i have not used another 120 minutes today it should not be higher should be lower.

if you want to test features please let me know i can test for you if you are interested.

8/24/2006 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wierdly just now it updated to 142 minutes and the projection is now 1420 for the month...

also texts is only showing other texts not in texts.

8/24/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only seeing "checking usage..."
Any ideas? Thanks, Bryan

8/25/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the projection basically projects how many minutes would be used if you continue using the minutes at the current pace. the formular is basically like this:
projection = minutesUsed/elapsedDaysThisMonth*30

8/25/2006 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but there are only 22 days out of 30 that are not weekends so perhaps that needs to be modified

8/27/2006 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you do add features to the extension please consider an option to warn if we reach a userdefined percentage of text messages.

The simplest way is to ask us how many test messgaes our plan has then subtract the opteher recieved and sent text that you already obtain.

9/03/2006 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Hey man, I love this extension - looks good and works great. One thing you might want to look at is the number displayed in the status bar. This number reflects a sum of Peak and Offpeak minutes. When I get a summary from Verizon Offpeak minutes are grouped with Night Minutes. Perhaps a method to indicate whether you get night minutes for free would be beneficial? Currently your extension says I have used 221 minutes and verizon says I have used 159 peak and 62 offpeak/night for which I am not charged. Thoughts?

9/05/2006 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Hiker said...

I've download the latest extention but when I hold my cursor over "checking usage" next to the Verizon logo it says "Verizon is currently unable to display your current balance". Although the Verizon site does indeed dispaly my current usage, under Billing it says, "The System is currently unable to display your current balance. Please check back later."

Is it because I haven't been billed yet, the program doesn't seem to be working?

9/07/2006 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Winston,

My usage shows 1022 minutes and my projection shows 989 minutes... Not sure why this is happening but thought I'd report it.

9/11/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two questions,
1) are you interested in maybe some help on the coding?
2) Think this could be moved from FF to Google homepage?

9/12/2006 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

help on coding is always welcome.

move to google homepage? don't have time to learn how to do it...

9/12/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great program. Keep up the good work.

9/12/2006 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It only says "Loading Verizon minutes used..." I tried installing it a second time and it didn't do anything. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

9/14/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from Verizon yesterday saying I had logged in and check my minutes many thousands of time last month. I said I have a plugin that checks my minutes throughout the day. The lady said that it is a violation of the terms of service of my phone and that I need to stop it!!!

If they call again I will ask them if they would prefer that I switch to Cingular.

9/15/2006 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they caught on...

my vzw online account is now "locked" and I have 2 talk to cust service.. heheh

9/19/2006 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger garyploski said...

Any change you've got a version for 2.0 in the works?

9/29/2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger miklm said...

Also asking if this could be updated to work with Firefox 2.0 (RC1 is now out)

Otherwise, it works very well for me! Now that I've upgrade Firefox though I miss the plugin.

10/04/2006 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

verizon has called me twice and asked me to stop using the firefox plugin. its against the terms and conditions. super lame verizon... super lame.

10/06/2006 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous K. VanNatten said...

Due to some issues with scripting on Firefox 1.5.x, I started using Opera and I was wondering if you had any plans to create a "widget" for use in Opera?

to the person who posted above about Verizon calling you... how do they know what web-browser you're using and that you have the extension?

10/09/2006 02:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think they a playing with things. I just moved up to FF 2.0 rc2 from rc1. All of a sudden I am getting "failed to login". I select "Go to Verizon Billing Site" and I get my username and password populated and I can go forward.

Anyone else get this result?


10/09/2006 04:22:00 PM  

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