Monday, February 19, 2007

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 0.94

The new version now works with the latest verizon of the verizon site. Many thanks to Christie for helping me out.

It also uses a small "v" shape checker image instead of the full logo to minimize spaces occupied in the status bar.

You can download the new version here .


Blogger J. Shore said...

The minutes that are showing is for the other number on my account. I have my number entered on the options dialog but it shows my other number instead of the one I have entered. Any fix for this? Thanks for the hard-work!

2/19/2007 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger J. Shore said...

I also noticed that the "Verizon" logo is being cut off and just shows the "V" now. Is this part of the update or a glitch?

2/19/2007 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Nick Davis said...

The v is suppose to be like that now j. shore. quick question though. I love this extension but can you do one thing. make it go back to the original logo, or make an option to use either one. thanks. keep it up

2/19/2007 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the quick fix.

It's a great application and we really appreciate your work!

2/19/2007 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's working for me now, too. I agree, however, that the new "V" looks pretty shoddy. I'd prefer the option to use the old logo or the Verizon "V" logo if possible.

Thanks for all of your work on this, I haven't gone over my minutes once since having this extension.

2/19/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! Works like a charm and takes up a lot less space to boot. Thank you so much!

2/19/2007 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't make everyone happy I guess. :D

As a person who requested the smaller logo, I want to say thanks. Makes a huge difference to me.

As always, awesome addon, works perfectly for me.


2/19/2007 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous S. Kaye said...


Thanks again for this wonderful extension. And thanks for the quick turn around on the fixes. The Verizon logo is fine any way you want to do it.

Is Verizon breaking this intentionally or is this just a side effect of some other "improvements".

2/19/2007 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

I say... allow the user to choose which logo to use.. I personally preferred the larger full logo. The "V" looks chopped off. What about the verizon checkmark instead?

I do like the smaller footprint tho!

2/19/2007 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

i don't think verizon is breaking it intentionally. this could be just part of their site upgrade. if someone really wanted to break/block this extention, there are better and more effective ways of doing it.

2/19/2007 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the family plan issue is resolved. please re-download the extension.

i changed the logo again. really don't have time to make it configurable -- super busy these days.

2/19/2007 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you use this extension, please donate to Winston! Very handy extension and fast fix turnarounds!

Thanks for the quick turnaround Winston, works great.

I would prefer the full Verizon logo myself. If would be great to give users a choice if possible.

Great job Winston! THANKS!

2/19/2007 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're the man! Another quick fix as usual :)
The new version works great, who cares if the V looks a little less than perfect?
Thanks mate!

2/19/2007 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous j.shore said...

Wow quick fix, thanks a lot!
This extension is the one that I cannot live without!

I think that the "VZW" would make a nice logo as well, but I like the new one.

Thanks again for a wonderful extension

2/19/2007 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I hate to bust your ass, I know you work really hard on this stuff and it is very much appreciated. But.... I keep getting a failed to parse minutes used message. And my text messaging portion of your extension is not available. Any ideas?? Thanks again for your work

2/19/2007 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance this could also check text messages? i go over my 250 text message limit a lot more often than i go over on minutes. thanks.

2/19/2007 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the failed to parse data error until I manually restarted firefox without restoring the session. Meaning, the restart option after installing the plug-in (which restored my session) wasn't sufficient for me. But once I closed the browser completely I was able to get the minutes used. I'm not able to get the txt message count either, but that problem had started (for me anyway) before the login issue.

Thanks for all the hard work! I love the extension.

2/19/2007 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your hard work, this is a must for firefox/verizon users.

2/20/2007 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger Christie said...


Thanks for keeping this extension updated as Verizon makes changes to their site. It's one of my "can't live without" Firefox extensions. =)

2/20/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Thanks I use this on a daily basis. However I do have one request. Could you please allow me to change the color of the displayed minutes. Because I use a very dark FireFox theme and it makes it very hard to see the minutes.

2/20/2007 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous dk said...

Thanks again Winston!

2/20/2007 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not seeing shared Family Plan minutes, even though I have that option checked in the settings.

Also, you people need to calm down about the smaller logo. The guy is doing the right thing, design wise, by minimizing the amount of space this thing takes up. Seriously, are you having that much trouble remembering that the red V thing stands for Verizon?

It would be even better without a logo at all. It's the number that conveys the information.

2/20/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for updating this, it's definitely a must-have for VZW users. Everyone I've shown it to thinks it's awesome.

Also wanted to add myself to the list of the people who don't like the new logo and would prefer it the old way.

2/20/2007 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to use the app this morning and it says "failed to login using the provided username/password. Make sure your region setting is correct in the option menu." I know the username/password is correct and so is the region. Any suggestions?

2/20/2007 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous J. Shore said...

I've noticed that the Projected Monthly Minutes is no longer working, it is showing a number far less than my current minute usage.

I appreciate you keeping up this extension with Verizon's changing site.


2/20/2007 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Falco98 said...

hey, i gotta say i liked the Verizon logo i made, hehe.. Maybe you could let me work on the "v" thing a little bit? I might also be able to take the old one and trim it up a little, but I'll agree with others that I mainly liked it being a little bigger.

2/21/2007 01:52:00 AM  
Blogger Falco98 said...

hey, i went ahead and fired up photoshop and did a little "compressing" of the old logo, but retaining its look and its transparency. i've gone ahead and repacked v0.94 with my new graphic replacing yours, in case anyone wants it. other than that there are no changes =)

BTW i'm curious how hard it might be to make it a configuration option? i might be able to code it if i look long and hard enough.

click here to get it...

2/21/2007 02:11:00 AM  
Blogger Falco98 said...

well, I couldn't resist the urge to poke around in the code and see if I could figure something out or not, so I did. I've added the option to choose between the old, wider logo (mine), and the newer narrower one (also mine). It does require a restart of firefox to enforce the change, but I figure that's not a big deal hopefully. I've tested it and it's working in my firefox now, though (winston) you might wanna check through for any bugs I may have overlooked (/ introduced, hehe). Really though, I only added snippets here and there.

You can get this new one (which i've named "0.94.1") here.

2/21/2007 03:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Falco, your extension with the VZW image is perfect.

2/21/2007 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous J. Shore said...

I thought that the "VZW" would work great as a logo, thanks for the update on this Falco.

Any fixes on the projected minutes & texts?

Thanks for all the hard work - one of the best extensions out there!

2/21/2007 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger Falco98 said...

Hmm, it's actually not showing my TXT usage at all, i just noticed. Like, at all. No idea why.

I don't really understand the "projected for this month" numbers, though, when there's no way to tell it your billing date. A reliable minutes projection would depend completely on it knowing when your month ends, and for example, mine always ends on the 7th, and I think it depends on when you originally signed up, so everyone's will be different.

2/21/2007 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Falco98 said...

To double-check, I just downgraded back to Winston's original 0.94 version, and I still don't have TXT usage showing up in the tooltip. (Just so you can be sure my 'tweaks' didn't break it, hehe)..

Winston, if you have time to work on this with me, I'll donate use of my account again if need be. Or maybe it's something little you can just weed out, I dunno.

2/21/2007 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Falco98,
You hit it, nice job, GREAT logo's!!!



2/22/2007 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous j.shore said...

No, I noticed that the text and projected minutes were missing and inaccurate before the logo switch - so that's not the problem! ;-)

2/22/2007 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It would be nice if you would write this extension for the Mac OS version of Firefox.

2/22/2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Thanks Winston.. the verizon checkmark logo looks marvelous!

I've looked into creating a similar feature as a Vista gadget... got a lot of the core work done, but need to work on the screen scraping some more for authentication, and whatnot. Care to provide some insight maybe?

2/22/2007 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the problem with the TXT messages not showing up is that Verizon changed the 'TXT' to 'Text' so the regular expression in the javascript fails.

For those savvy enough to edit the extension files, if 'TXT' is changed to 'Text' on lines 497 and 507 of minutesUsed.js the problem appears to be solved (at least in my testing).

I don't really have anyway to host files so I apologize I cannot provide a "compiled" version with this fix.

Many thanks again to Winston! This has been a great extension.

2/23/2007 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... more thing... To properly see the time of the Most Recent TXT message 'TXT' needs to be changed to 'Text' on line 545 of the minutesUsed.js file.

2/23/2007 02:27:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

thank you all for the help improving the extension. I will release a new version soon that incorporates all the changed you guys have made. stay tuned.

2/23/2007 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

thank you all for the help improving the extension. I will release a new version soon that incorporates all the changed you guys have made. stay tuned.

2/23/2007 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice, I got raped by the V this month and now I've got an easy way to monitor!

11/06/2007 04:41:00 PM  

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