Saturday, August 11, 2007

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 1.2

Here is the new version that works with the latest verizon's web site. If you choose to show family plan total, let me know if it doesn't work.

I also fixed a bug when displaying in call minutes. N/A will be displayed now if the checking has failed.

Thanks for all your support and donation.

You can download the new version here .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! =)

8/11/2007 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's alive again. Thanks Winston. Greatly appreciated.

8/11/2007 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Winston

8/11/2007 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Winston. I've donated before, but if Verizon keeps you working so hard, I'll have to donate again!

8/11/2007 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and your time for the hard work! Much Appreciated!!

8/11/2007 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger boldcabernet said...

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8/11/2007 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Winston. Greatly appreciated.

8/12/2007 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/12/2007 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Harry said...

Thank you Winston! We really appreciate it!

8/12/2007 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger ten said...

thanks for your hard work Winston

8/12/2007 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/12/2007 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think they may have already broken it again.....

8/12/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nevermind - my region was wrong for some reason.

8/12/2007 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thanks again for all of your work and help.

8/12/2007 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

This extension has kept me from going over on minutes on several occasions now. Thanks for the help, and keep up the good work!

8/12/2007 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Anybody else having the issue where Verizon account access is timing out. When I lose my min. display in the status bar, I double-click on the VZW symbol. The Verizon page states I have timed out. Once I click through, the plugin will display properly in my status bar again (until the next timeout).

Any way I can correct this?


8/13/2007 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the same timeout problem. So, in the extension, I changed "Update Minutes Usage Every:" to 5 minutes. Seems to have worked.

8/13/2007 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much from us also. You have saved us money quite a few times.

8/13/2007 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Winston! The add-on is again working in the West.

8/13/2007 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

Great work, Winston!

Just one thing I noticed, I found the info about when my billing cycle and the projected minute use useful. Is there any way this functionality can be added again?

8/13/2007 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...


which page (url) displays your family plan total?

8/13/2007 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Version 1.2 worked for me yesterday, but stopped working today. Anything I can provide that would be helpful?

8/14/2007 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2007 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


woah there, thats too much helpful technical information. maybe you slow your roll and just stick to the error message, or a simple description of what is happening.

8/14/2007 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

can you disable the family plan option and specify a phone number instead, and see if it works?

8/14/2007 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger visitorlnx said...

can you disable the family plan option and specify a phone number instead, and see if it works?

This seems to have worked for me. If I toggle family plan back on it breaks again.

8/15/2007 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

The family plan is fixed now. I have no idea why it didnt show the usage.

I get intermittent N/A though. After going to the VZN site it works again.

8/15/2007 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...


For me it works with the family plan, its just intermittent. When it works it correctly displays usage and projection.

8/15/2007 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome!! It works again! Thank you for all your hard work!

8/15/2007 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be an intermittent N/A because of a session timeout. When the N/A shows and I click on "goto billing site" I get a session timeout page not the login page and not the status page. When I first start firefox the extension works fine and I can goto the staus page and even logout and the extension will login again. However, after sitting for a while, the extension displays N/A. I can click through the session timeout page and the extension will display the correct minutes again.

8/15/2007 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been getting results similar to what Anonymous @ 8/15/2007 11:33:00 PM is seeing. Currently, it's showing N/A but the "Go to Verizon Billing Site" link is working fine. Perhaps you could throw up some screenshots of what the page is looking like for you. I posted the one causing my problems HERE.

Also, in the options settings, changing the settings is reflected in about:config but the logo choice is not reflected in the UI. Changing it worked once, but hasn't since. I'm stuck with the large logo version even if the config is set to something else.

8/16/2007 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger CampMaster Tom said...

Thanks Winston! Sent you a donation previously and I just sent another one today, THANK YOU!!!

This extension keeps my kids in line on our family plan, Priceless!


8/16/2007 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

For everyone with the N/A issue, I
shortened the request interval to 5
minutes and haven't had N/A since.

8/16/2007 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Christian:

I'm the Anon@10:33am. I'd tried to shorten the interval as well. After switching it from the default, I set it to 1 minute (to try and see if the request was being sent out). The about:config lastUpdated pref is being updated, but I haven't yet gotten to set up a proxy and check for a HTTP request actually being sent. Regardless of the interval, I haven't had any success w/ the N/A, although that did seem to make the billing site link work more reliably (was getting errors on Verizon's page for a while).

8/16/2007 06:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a screenshot of the session timeout page I get when I double click on the extension or click on "Go to Verizon Billing Site". Update at 15min.

session timeout

8/18/2007 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anon (8/18, 3:35p):

Not sure if it'll help (haven't actually delved into the extension source yet), but try disabling the NoScript extension and seeing if that helps. I see from your screenshot that it's blocking some scripts from the verizonwireless domain. Also, I'm not familiar with FoxyProxy, but that could be messing with things as well. You might want to isolate this extension to ensure it's not interoperability issues.

8/20/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous djchuang said...

any chance that you'd have the ins on coding up one of these extensions for the new at&t cell phone provider? it'd make those iPhone users (of which I am not one) very happy too..

8/20/2007 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep getting an N/A when my minutes don't load and they haven't loaded at all.

8/23/2007 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark B said...

Thank you, Winston, for keeping this tool updated for us!

Got one minor issue... For a few (three or four) days after my billing cycle ended, this extension declared that I had a negative number of days until the next cycle. This was presumably because the Verizon website hadn't yet updated the displayed billing date (though I never got around to double-checking this, and the problem's since gone away), but could you code a workaround for this case so that if you detect this condition you'll simply pretend that the next billing-cycle will end one month from the last billing-cycle's endpoint?

Also, I've one feature request for you. Instead of (or in addition to) having an option to show the usage in red if it exceeds a set amount, could you provide an option to do the same if the projected usage exceeds a set amount? This would be far more useful, I think, especially if the projected-usage feature were smart enough to be able to only take into consideration non-free days (i.e., weekdays only).

Thanks again!

--- Mark ---

8/23/2007 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Hi Winston, in the pop-up I'm getting "Appr. -3 Days to Next Cycle." It doesn't seem to be starting the next month over.

8/27/2007 11:40:00 PM  
Blogger scott.griffith said...

A good option would be to show SMS messages in the status bar, too.

Thanks for the great software!

8/28/2007 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

The popup is not resetting when the next billing cycle starts, it says "Appr. -4 Days to Next Cycle."

8/29/2007 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am intermittantly getting the NA as well but after fiddling with it a little tonight : changing from east to west then attempting to update then back from west to east. then putting the priamry phone in and turning off the family plan then updating then switching back. now it works again.

8/30/2007 02:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting the "N/A", I thinks a different reason. When I double-click on the extension I get an error page: "The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable." I don't think they moved it since the regular website link to the usage page doesn't work either. I think its just broken.

9/17/2007 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Verizon fixed the usage page.

9/17/2007 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, what a useful tool.

I'm a new user but am very appreciative.

John L.

9/18/2007 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

All of a sudden it is no showing the projected usage. I know this was not a very accurate number but I liked being able to see what I might use. Anyone else with this trouble?

9/24/2007 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Am I correct in my understanding that Verizon bills only for PEAK normal calls? I wish I could see this number in my status bar rather than PEAK+OFFPEAK, since offpeak minutes aren't charged...

Thanks Winston!

- Harry

10/02/2007 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim.. I have that problem too... I have 1145 Peak minutes right now and my projection for the month is 625

10/03/2007 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Harry, you can. It is one of the settings under options.

10/07/2007 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jon Kunze said...

It seems like the "Last Statement Date" is displaying last month's date, and this would cause the projection to be wrong. Currently, my "Approximate Days to Next Billing Cycle" is at -4

10/11/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Is it just me or is it broken again? Since this morning I only get "N/A"

10/17/2007 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

never mind, apparently was just a hiccup

10/17/2007 03:48:00 PM  
Blogger J. Shore said...

I still get the N/A failed to parse the minutes used message from time to time.

10/27/2007 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your extension will not work in Firefox 3.0 beta 1 because it is not published on a secure update server. You should probably put it on if you don't have it there.

This is the message I get.

Incompatible Extension
"Verizon Minutes Used" will not be installed because it does not provide secure updates

11/21/2007 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently installed this. Worked initially but then always say N/A now instead of showing minutes used. When I mouse over the Verizon logo it says "failed to parse the minutes used".

Nice idea but rarely works for me.

11/28/2007 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just discovered this plugin and it's great. One suggestion. If I tell it not to display family plan minutes and only display minutes for a particular phone number, I also want to see the 'Most recent call' for that phone number, not for the family plan. Would that be possible? (or even better, show both 'Most recent call' times, for family plan and the specific phone number

11/30/2007 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Bug: 'Most recent call' should have been 10:25 AM, but it displayed as 0:25 AM, chopping of the first digit

11/30/2007 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Tova & Michael said...

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11/30/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

I like the add-in. I like it very much.

I have, however, identified a security issue. I don't know whether this is documented. I am using Firefox

If you click TOOLS-->OPTIONS and go to SECURITY Tab there is a button that says SHOW PASSWORDS. If you click this button, the REMEMBER PASSWORDS dialog box opens. If you click SHOW PASSWORDS in this dialog box, then the password being used by this add-in is visible.

11/30/2007 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

displaying password is a firefox feature for all the passwords you saved in firefox. there are even ways to display the password on the web page while you are typing it (instead of showing ******)

12/01/2007 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

This fabulous!! Thank you!

12/02/2007 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I set it up to show shared minutes. When I set it up initially, it worked. An hour later, I am getting N/A with this error message - "failed to parse the minutes used"

12/05/2007 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mister said...

Winston, I'm a huge fan! Thanks for putting this up!

The last "anonymous" comment is reporting about what I'm seeing. What seems to fix it for the moment is to open the web page on the browser. I still stay logged in, so it doesn't appear to be a session expiration.

Once I open the page, then voila! She works!... at least until the next cycle over.

I'm trying something different... I reduced the Update rate from 30 minutes to 1 minute, just in case it is a session-thing.

Also, I've been examining your source to see if I can figure out how to make it send me a periodic text message with my usage. If I come up with anything useful, I'll let you know.

12/05/2007 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mister said...

The 1-min updates appear to keep the updates current! I'll try and mess with the update time to see where the "sweet spot" lies...

12/06/2007 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous vezman said...

This does not seem to work for me using a Vista machine. After setting it up for family share, if i shut down and come back later, it will start showing only minutes for the primary account. On my XP machine, it works perfectly and stays showing Family minutes. I am unsure why it does that.

12/16/2007 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this facebook app
>track your cell minutes
on facebook

1/10/2008 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Vixen said...

Changing the update minutes worked for me too! I changed mine to update every five min.

1/15/2008 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way I can get mine to work is even though it had just worked with region set to east, I have to change it to west, and vice-versa. What is this setting for and does anyone else have this problem?

1/23/2008 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get this to work no matter what I try!
I get an error saying wrong password and/or login.
Believe's correct!

1/28/2008 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Marketer said...

Anyone else lose the estimate of monthly minutes? Used to be there, now it's gone.

1/30/2008 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Falco98 said...

Marketer: I'm having that problem now too. The estimated minutes has gone, and i think something else has too. but at least the minutes is still there.

1/30/2008 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

I noticed, too, that the projected minutes used feature has disappeared - that was my personal favorite feature of the tool! Any chance of getting it restored?

1/30/2008 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the web page may have changed. I will look at it and try to fix it.

1/30/2008 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep verizon removed the statement date info. if we know the date is there any chance you could add an input box? this could be overwritten if verizon provides the info but be used if verizon does not (in case they change it back)

2/03/2008 03:13:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

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2/07/2008 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

The statement cycle end date is now on the "My Account" page (the first page that comes up after logging in), as opposed to on the "Overview Current Usage" where the actual usage details are posted. Hope that this helps Winston.

2/15/2008 10:07:00 AM  

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