Sunday, August 05, 2007

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 1.1

Finally after hours of work over the past weekend, I was able to get the extension to work again with the new verizon web site. I only tested it with family plan in the "east region". Let me know if it doesn't work for you. I may not have much time to look at it until a week later.

You can download the new version here .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank so much Winston..all is good again!!!!

8/05/2007 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "hover over" pop up with details doesn't seem to be working.

8/05/2007 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Amit said...

While the minutes display now, the hover is indeed not working. The error I get is:

TypeError: this.getLastStatement() has no properties


8/05/2007 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Thanks Winston! Confirmed about the hover popup, though, it doesn't work. I am on the West side with the Family Plan, and everything else works.

8/05/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

try again. there is a newer version (1.1)

8/05/2007 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger shadstein said...

Winston - You're awesome. Thanks!

8/05/2007 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.1 works perfect..Thank you very much for your efforts

8/05/2007 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

There's just one small insignificant glitch - in Family Plan view, it shows one of the other phone numbers at the top of the popup, instead of the primary number - doesn't really matter, though. If I select not to show Family Plan usage, the optional number I enter is used. Thanks for fixing it!

8/05/2007 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

8/05/2007 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Works again. You are the man!

8/05/2007 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Works for me!!'
Thanks a bunch, I was using minutes like crazy but this will surely is a l$fesaver!!

Also the hover works for me ...on East and non-family.

8/05/2007 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you rule!

8/06/2007 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not working again. It worked for about 20 minutes for me then it seems verizon changed something again.

8/06/2007 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger Amit said...

It's working fine for me now. One comment is to automate region detection and not have the option anymore. Thanks.

8/06/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Winston. It works fine for me, with Region East and family plan.

Also, the first time it ran the tooltip deal worked fine, but subsequent checks forced with "Check Usage Now" give me the "failed to parse the minutes used" message.

I've done a few screen scrapers in the past and I know what a pain it can be. I actually used to have one for Verizon but it was too much effort for the benefit I got.

8/06/2007 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger theMezz said...


8/06/2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger theMezz said...

just started working ok (east)

8/06/2007 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger theMezz said...

just started to work ok (east)

8/06/2007 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

Everything works for me and I particularly like the layout of the mouseover popup box.

Thank you for the great work, Winston!

8/06/2007 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Works with West + Family plan. As another user noted, it lists the wrong "top" (by dictionary sorting) number of all the #'s in the family plan rather than the primary.

8/06/2007 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Awfulshot said...

<3 !!!!

8/06/2007 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't work for me. I am in the East region :(

8/06/2007 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger mantene said...

Holy Shite! I log onto my computer to find an update waiting and my minutes are back. And I had already given up hope! Amazing! Thanks Winston!

8/07/2007 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

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8/07/2007 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

Winston, I just made a donation to your cause. I appreciate your hard work on this app. It has probably saved me hundreds of dollars in overages. Thanks.

8/07/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for the update! Very useful extension. One bug I've noticed in this update, my 'IN' peak and off-peak minutes show up wrong in the mouseover box. Doesn't affect the functionality of the extension, as those minutes don't count.

8/08/2007 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Update version 1.1 was working fine for me until this morning. At this time, "Loading Verizon minutes used..." remains in the display, and mousing over gives the message: "failed to parse the minutes used". Double clicking the display correctly takes me directly to the Verizon site:

Any ideas?
(Love this extension!)

(East region)

8/09/2007 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like it's broken again :(

8/09/2007 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Verizon messed with their site once again... Not working as of 8/9/07

8/09/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger ael said...

I can confirm what many others have said which is 'not working again'

8/09/2007 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its so funny that we are pissing off a big company like Verizon.

8/09/2007 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad a company like Verizon needs to worry about a plugin like this. It is adding value for their customers. Just makes me want a T-mobile Wing even more:-)

8/09/2007 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently Verizon counts on overages. In the end, it IS a money-maker for them. :( That's ridiculous that they would keep mixing it up, when you can either get the #MIN txt, or simply log on to their site and see. Really doesn't make sense.

8/09/2007 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're giving this plug-in a little too much credit. I don't believe for a minute that Verizon is intentionally breaking the plug-in. They have a staff that designs the website and it is constantly evolving. If they really wanted the plug-in dead, then they would have made the minutes display as an image or used flash.

It looks like they simply added a couple "†" characters to point to some additional information.

The bigger problem is, due to a lack of an API, the plug-in is susceptible to even the slightest change.

8/09/2007 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Totally agree with the last post. There is no way that VZW would go through all the trouble of modifying their website simply to thwart this one Firefox extension.

8/09/2007 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course Verizon is doing this. It doesn't make sense for a big company to change their website so often and risk confusing some of the older folks just to improve the web layout every month

If they really didn't worry then why isn't this plug-in on firefox's list of extension any more after the problem has been fixed.

How many big companies (ie. Apple, cnn, amazon, etc.) do you know make a layout change at least once a month?

8/09/2007 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

i will look at it this weekend. unfortunately i have no time at all during the week.

i did look at the billing site briefly. it appears that the new version doesn't show family plan total anymore. this will require more code to aggregate each line's usage. anyone can find a page where the total is displayed?

8/09/2007 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger CampMaster Tom said...

This page shows me each phone #'s usage and total family plan usage:

Thanks for your hard work Winston, GREATLY appreciated!


8/09/2007 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the exact same link doesn't show family info on my computer. it only shows usage grouped by each phone line. that's strange...

8/09/2007 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On this page:

I can see each of my family plan lines broken out. For each line there are 2 columns; one for the line the other for the family plan total.

8/10/2007 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting a failed to parse minutes error today (8/10).

8/10/2007 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I don't have the Family Plan and it doesn't seem to work for the East/Non-Family Plan.

That being said, thanks for all of your work in providing this valuable tool

8/10/2007 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

I believe the problem is that Verizon is constantly changing their website incrementally to their new design.

But it not only their consumer site that is changing. Over the weekend I was in a Verizon store getting a new phone activated, and talked with them about the website changing. The employee told me that they are constantly changing their Employee website.

Hopefully it will stableize soon.

Thanks for all your hard work.

West Coast - Parse error

8/10/2007 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

winston, on mine the family plan minutes are listed at the end of each line of each phone number:

Voice Minutes
Wireless No. Family
Peak Minutes: 264 536
Off Peak Minutes: 104 202
Weekend Minutes: 0 0
IN Calling Peak: 421 662
IN Calling Off Peak: 209 403
† Last Call 08/10/07 12:01 PM
†† Last Call from Family Plan 08/10/07, 4:25 PM

8/10/2007 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Hello Winston! Thanks for this incredibly useful extension. I understand that, without an API, maintenance of an extension like this can be cumbersome. I'm sending some money your way for the effort.

I do have 1 request. When the data is not parsed properly (as if frequent lately), the status bar reads "Loading Verizon minutes used..."

It would be fantastic if this failure notification was less intrusive. Maybe just "N/A", or something similar. On a cursor-hover, the same data can be displayed.

Just a little thing, but it would make me happy!

-Harry Dorcy

8/10/2007 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I updated to Firefox 3.0.1 and your latest version won't install:

"Not compatible with Firefox 3.1.01"

"Does not provide secure updates"

I know you work very hard on this and appreciate your excellent work!


9/09/2008 02:03:00 PM  

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