Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 0.93

The new version now saves the last minute usage data so that re-starting your Firefox won't trigger an automatic check.

The new version also addresses the login problem surfaced recently. Many thanks to Christie for helping me out.

You can download the new version here .


Anonymous dk said...

Many thanks for the update and the hard work you put into this!

12/20/2006 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great extension...thanks a lot

12/20/2006 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/21/2006 02:25:00 AM  
Blogger mookieproof said...

cheers Winston

12/21/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

works like a champ!

12/21/2006 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a really really useful extension. Kudos for the work!

12/24/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous NMI said...

I'm sorry maybe I am a bit slow today or what ever but for the life of me I cannot get the extension to work. i am saving the file locally then trying to oepn it but I get the error message that the file does not exist. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

12/26/2006 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Mark R said...

Thank you very much for the update and the work you've put into this extension.

12/29/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great extension. When will we be able to do an update from inside firefox?

~thanks again.


1/01/2007 01:16:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

since mozilla refuses to host this extension (see previous blogs and posts), and i don't have the resource to host it myself, i am afraid there is no possibility in the near future to have the auto update capability.

1/01/2007 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, did you get the email today talking about the complete revamping of the Verizon site?

1/05/2007 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

no. i am not a verizon user. therefore i am not aware of any announcements.

1/05/2007 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Parker said...

I've started getting the same problem with v 0.93 that happened to 0.92 -- manual "check usage now" works, but automatic checks (inc. at startup) fail. I get the popup error message, "Failed to login using the provided username/password. Make sure your region setting is correct in the option menu."

Using Firefox 2.0 on WinXP SP2.

1/05/2007 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, here's the text of the email:

Verizon Wireless is improving your ability to access your account, both from your PC and your wireless phone. Upcoming enhancements to My Account will allow you to have only one login – your wireless telephone number – to utilize all of your Verizon Wireless online services, including purchasing products and services, accessing account information, and performing other transactions.

My Account may be unavailable, or you may experience limited access, at specfic times as we upgrade our systems. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please note these dates:

Wednesday 1/17 at 11pm PST – Friday 1/19 at 11pm PST:
My Account users will be unable to make changes to their profiles including: user name, password,
email address or security question, or reset their password via "Trouble Logging In."

Friday 1/19 at 11pm PST – Saturday 1/20 at 2pm PST:
My Account will not be available.

Viewing and Paying Your Bill

You will not be able to view and pay your bill online 1/19 at 11pm PST – 1/20 at 2pm PST. During this
timeframe, please contact the eServices and Support Team at 1.800.350.2830 for assistance with your
transaction. Or, visit our Support Page for information on additional ways to pay your bill.

1/06/2007 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any particular reason that every login i try to use is denied?

1/12/2007 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger robjuan00 said...

Many thanks for this plugin, it works like a charm. For those of you that couldn't figure out how to install it, I was only able to download the zip file through IE, I had to go through Mozilla and do a "save link as" in order to get the .xpi.

Great job with this plugin though!!!!

1/13/2007 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much!!! there was a similar extension that was originally made for verizon back in firefox 1.0 but ever since the update to 2.0, i was never able to find this must-have extension until now, thank you!

1/22/2007 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok - scratch that previous comment - this IS the same extension i used back in the old firefox, but i guess i was under the assumption that whoever wrote it stopped working on a new version since it could no longer be hosted on mozilla's site, WHAT A SHAME!! this is an absolute must have extension for any firefox user, let's DIGG this site!

1/22/2007 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry maybe I am a bit slow today or what ever but for the life of me I cannot get the extension to work. i am saving the file locally then trying to oepn it but I get the error message that the file does not exist. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

1/26/2007 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Paulse said...

Wouldn't it make sense to convert this to Greasemonkey script? It's a utility that's only meant for one web site. Sorry if this sounds naive. I haven't been programming Firefox for all that long.

The sprint minutes used script is coming along. I've replaced most of the instances of RegEx with DOM parsing, which is a lot cleaner, and probably easier to adapt to web site changes.

I plan to add a few things in addition to the ticker, like retrieval of basic plan information so that the user gets alerted to the cost of overage, and options offered by the vendor for overage relief without contract signing (these aren't listed on the Sprint web site).

Thanks for such a terrific idea!

1/31/2007 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think there are some issues that just arose. Can't see all text message usage.

2/09/2007 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone else having a problem? Mine stopped working this week.

2/13/2007 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I want to say that I love this addon and it works perfectly for me.

Second is a small request. Would it be possible to add a toggle to either:
a) hide the verizon logo or
b) Reduce it to a little V or something.

Reason being that I have a crapload of extentions that sit in the status bar and the verizon logo takes a decent amount of space.


2/16/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know why but i cannot get this to work... it just sits at "checking usage" forever. on both my girlfriend's mac and mine. frustrating!

2/16/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, this seems to be broken as of today (2/17/06). I am getting a "failed to login" message now.

2/17/2007 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verizon seems to have cleared the login information from their login page. Just go to their website and put in your account and password and save it, then the extension will work again.

2/17/2007 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to work only if I'm logged on to the Verizon billing page.. then it works (but would be unnecessary)... If I log out of the Verizon page, the extension reports a login error.

2/17/2007 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

yep, only seems to work if logged into the verizon page. I tried having firefox remember my password, but that did not work.

2/17/2007 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VZW did a site update today and I'm having the same problem as others have posted. I tried deleting all vzw cookies and it didn't work.

2/17/2007 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger DeAxes said...

It seems to fully work if you put in your phone number instead of your login.

If you have a family plan, the number you indicate is the primary when you login to verizon's site is the one to use.


2/18/2007 06:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allow me to get in line with everyone else. For a day or so now its been failing to log in, unless already logged into the verizon site. Wonderful piece of software look forward to having this issue resolved.

2/18/2007 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having trouble logging in again...when will they (verizon) ever learn.

Thanks Winston for a great little extension!

2/18/2007 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

i will look into this. give me some time because i don't have a verizon account....

2/18/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

deaxes is right. If you use your primary phone number instead of your username, then it seems to work fine.

2/18/2007 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can confirm, same issues here. Seems it (the extension) only works when I am logged into the VZW site.

It seems VZW may have changed the login, by asking to confirm the primary phone # (if more than one number on the account) This was the first time I have actually logged into the site in a while.

Not sure what this means, but thought it might provide some insight.

I should have captured the screen with Verizon's message, but was just not thinking. If someone else can, perhaps it may shed some light on the issue.


2/18/2007 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeni said...

If I'm logged in to Verizon's website, I can login to the plugin by using the telephone number as Username.

It will stayed logged in even after I log out of Verizon's website - until the plugin tries to update. When it updates, login fails again.

2/18/2007 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Having the same issue here. Will not log minutes unless I'm logged into the site. I look forward to a fix soon b/c this extension is so handy!

2/18/2007 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

same here. let me know if i could offer you my info to try or i can demo for you.

love this extension!

2/18/2007 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same issue here, it just won't log in. I even tried using my primary number and it still doesn't work..

2/19/2007 03:24:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

this is fixed now. download the new version.

2/19/2007 09:45:00 AM  

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