Thursday, August 21, 2008

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 2.0

The new version fixed a bug parsing the cycle date, thanks to Phil.

You can download the new version here .


Blogger garyploski said...

Works great! Thanks for the update.

8/21/2008 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Looking forward to installing it tonight! Thank you so much for your continued efforts with this Winston. One question though... Have you discontinued the automatic update feature to allow the program to run with FF3, or did you find a way to provide 'secure updates' (or some other work around)? I guess I am wondering if we now need to be periodically monitoring your site for updates.

8/21/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the auto update should work. i implemented the secure update feature.

8/21/2008 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger CampMaster Tom said...

Installed fine and so far so good! Thanks Winston!

8/22/2008 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I entered my username/password incorrectly and now when I try to change it - it does not take the new information. Is the info stored in a file? How can I change the username/password?

8/23/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

if you have entered the wrong user name, you can go to options(preferences) -> security -> passwords -> show passwords
remove the old phone number (which should appear under the "username" column)

8/23/2008 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your work! Thanks!

8/25/2008 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Big E said...

Awesome, opossum!

8/26/2008 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous phil f said...

For the last few days, I am needing to first click on 'Go to Verizon Billing Site' and then click 'Check Usage Now' before my minutes are displayed in the status bar. Anyone else experiencing this?

8/27/2008 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the last few days, I am needing to first click on 'Go to Verizon Billing Site' and then click 'Check Usage Now' before my minutes are displayed in the status bar. Anyone else experiencing this?

I'm having the same issue.

8/27/2008 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get a message when I hover over it stating Please check if the phone number xxx... is valid in the option menu. Yes the number is valid however no minutes are displayed.

8/27/2008 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After updating to Firefox 3, mine just says "failed to login" now no matter what I do. Nothing has been changed in the settings or username or password. Also, the same username and password works just fine on verizon's site. When I hover over the error message, it says make sure the region is correct. I've tried both regions numerous times but it makes no difference. Please let me know what you think I can try..

8/27/2008 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing. Thank you!

8/30/2008 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger sgt_addyjp said...


9/02/2008 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I'm also having difficulty checking my usage.

If I enter my username and password I get the "failed to login" message. The mouse hover message says to check the region, but changing the region doesn't help.

If I add a phone number from my family plan the mouse hover message changes to "check the phone is correct".

Thanks, Winston!

9/04/2008 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same thing for me as Carol above :(

9/04/2008 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous phil f said...

Just a thought....
I am not experiencing this particular problem, but you may want to try logging into VZW's site and actually having FF save the password. Might make a difference now that password handling has been changed with FF3. You should also confirm that no other username/passwords for VZW are currently stored by FF. If so, try deleting them first.

9/04/2008 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you Winston!! I was lost without it!!

I'm on FF3 and had no data there when I installed but right clicking and going to the Verizon Billing Site placed my minutes in the bar.

The odd thing is that if I hold my mouse over the minutes used, I get a whole list of undefined instead of the breakdowns of my usage. I can live without it since I now know how many I've used but thought I'd let you know.

Again, thanks Winston!!

9/08/2008 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

When i look at my minutes it says 1 day til next cycle and cycle expires on 0/4/08. Not sure what is going on with that.

9/08/2008 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'm not sure if you did anything or not, but my detailed info now comes up properly!! Life is good. :-)

9/08/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good stuff, but it doesn't support my firefox 3.0.1

9/09/2008 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now working....

Dave uusancal

9/09/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

So far working with FF 3.0.1 /Linux
I had to install Xulrunner to get FF3.0+ on here.

I have the same problem with the cycle date 0/07/08 Looks like it only handles 1 digit months?
Otherwise as long as it updates, im fine with it. Great job.

9/09/2008 03:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just says "failed to login" most of the time. It works sometimes only. The username and password are correct. What's happening?

9/10/2008 07:46:00 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

First - Thanks Winston for all your hard work.

I am having several of the problems cited above. On one computer FF 3.01, cannot log in. I deleted all usernames and PWs in password manager, still no luck. Tried every combination of entering correct login info through site and through extension, uninstall, reinstall, etc. with no luck logging in through extension.

Went to a second computer also FF 3.01. No problem logging in but often (not always) get undefined in my mouse over fields.

9/11/2008 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same problem as anonymous said on
8/23/2008 11:09:00 AM

I am running FF on a windows XP machine

9/11/2008 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

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9/13/2008 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Mine continues to say next cycle 0/04/08 which i can deal with. But today 9/13, it says 1 day to next cycle which is obviously wrong and it also shows projected minutes to be the same as the current minutes used. I am using Firefox 3.0.1 on an XP machine.

9/13/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

failed to login

9/15/2008 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

The number of days til next cycle and projected minutes is definitely
not working. Anyone else seeing this?

9/18/2008 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

I have same problem as Kim. When my billing date was 9/12/08 it worked fine. As soon as billing date changed to 10/12/08 the popup show the date as 0/12/08, days to next cycle=1 day after day and projected minutes wrong. Almost looks like you're not capturing enough characters in the date string.

Extension 1.9 on FF 3.0.1 on XP SP# and XP SP2.

9/19/2008 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

are there any plans to eliminate the need for the "east" or "west" setting? Maybe a simple timeout where if it doesn't work with one setting then try the other? I have to manually switch the setting every day or so for it to keep working properly.

9/26/2008 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous phil f said...

For those of you having the issue with only one digit showing up for the month on the cycle end date (i.e. October is showing up as month 0 instead of month 10), thus making the projected minutes incorrect; and are comfortable modifying extensions (i.e. jar files), here’s a fix that seems to be working for me:

Open the verizon-minutes.jar file
Extract mnutesTicker.js

Edit this line:

result = this.parse(responseText, "Cycle\\ ends.*(\\d+)/(\\d+)/(\\d+)");

to read:

result = this.parse(responseText, "Cycle\\ ends\\ (\\d+)/(\\d+)/(\\d+)");

Basically, I changed:
ends\\ (

I am not a programmer, but this seems to be working for me. I would think that if this is not a correct modification, I will see a problem in December when the end date moves to January (i.e. back to a one digit month).

9/28/2008 02:34:00 PM  
Anonymous phil f said...

Note that there is a space after:

..."Cycle\\ ends\\



This is not clear when viewing my previous post.

9/28/2008 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

Very good Phil. Made you change and it's definitely working better now. Thanks.

9/29/2008 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Movieman2000 said...

Good job Phil! It worked perfectly. Winston should be able to confirm this and include it in his next release whenever he gets the chance. I'm sure he knows how many of us have become dependent to him and his kick@$$ plug-in by now. Thank you Winston.

10/02/2008 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous phil f said...

Thanks Winston,
Just so you know, unless there is a time lag once you post an update, the automatic updater is no longer working for this extension. Since I already made the modification to the jar file, I will not manually download it, and will post again if and when the automatic updater kicks in.

10/04/2008 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After installing it worked fine for an hour, then it kept telling me to log in again and again.

10/09/2008 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jay Katz - Colorado Grants said...

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10/15/2008 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool!

10/15/2008 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger ndgreer said...

Hi. I just downloaded the new version again. I'm not sure which version I had before since there is no version information in the tool.

Mine used to work, but stopped about 2 weeks ago. Now, it simply shows "Loading Verizon minutes used..." I try to refresh and check minutes, but nothing happens. I'm running Firefox 3.03 on a MAC. Any advice?

10/16/2008 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

New problem today (11/2). It's getting and displaying the peak minutes OK but every value in the tooltip is undefined. FF3 on XP SP3. I restarted FF but no change.

11/02/2008 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

Wouldn't you know it! Now it's working fine.

11/02/2008 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Can I suggest an option to show the minutes remaining instead of the minutes used? Or an option to display [Minutes Used]/[Minutes Remaining] so I have some sort of immediate context? Also, an option to show the amount of text messages without having to hover over the minutes. Same display options.

This is great.

11/05/2008 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Darryl said...

Does not work for me. Says incorrect username/password combination. Tried many times and I am sure of my Verizon name and password. FF3/Vista.

12/06/2008 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Works great for me. If you ever get a chance to make it work for Verizon wireless broadband use (we live in a rural area, it was that or satellite, both with 5G/month caps), that would be even greater

12/15/2008 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't seem to be able to change the username or password - I make a change and hit OK in the options and it just doesn't seem to actually change... if I click into the options again, it's right back to what it used to be... this software seems surprisingly bad for being on version 2...

12/22/2008 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im thinking this is a passwords stealing program by the author. I have proof it takes all the info you have and passes it along to him. Be scared, very scared

12/27/2008 01:07:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Oh, put away your tinfoil hat. It needs your login info to work. It's not phishing for login details.

Anyway, many thanks for continuing to work on this awesome extension Winston.

12/30/2008 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please make this program more fail-proof? It sometimes gets stuck trying to find the number of minutes and doesn't get anywhere for a very long time. It should auto-detect such failed attempts, abort them, wait, and retry.

12/31/2008 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger Rod said...


I'm finding that the minutes displayed on the toolbar for Verizon DIFFER than the minute usage that Verizon tells me through a text message sent just a few minutes AFTER I had your extension "update" to check usage.

In this case, the extension was off by several hundred minutes from what Verizon said I had used...any ideas as to 'why?'

2/11/2009 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, that if the extension is not filling in your right password, that you need to DELETE the incorrect info in's not the extension.

Tools->Options Tab->Security ->Saved Passwords and DELETE the website info, etc., that has the incorrect Password info. Restart Firefox.

If you are finding the extension continues to enter the incorrect user & password for you - this is the reason why - Firefox is storing it...delete it as above and re-try!!

2/11/2009 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Great extension! I had some problems setting it up, but now it is working great! Thank you!

Is there a way that you can display a "total text message usage" number? For example, I have the $10, 500 message package. I do not care about the IN texts as they are free. I just want to know at a glance how many of my 500 messages I have used. This could simply be done by programing it to add the numbers of the texts sent, texts received, PIX/FLIX sent and PIX/FLIX received.

Sure, I can do the math myself and figure it out, (or go to the verizon site and see it there along with a colored bar) but to have an extra line that just says TOTAL: with this number would really help. This total number could also be displayed in the status bar next the the amount of minutes used.

Hopefully this could be done soon, and I look froward to the next update!


2/15/2009 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

You are amazing. Such a small program that works wonderfully. I'd be lost without it. Where can I donate?

3/05/2009 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

thanks for your feedback. there is a "donate" button on the home page.

3/07/2009 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger 0 said...

This is one of the crappiest programs I've used in a long time. It just keeps saying "failed to login", even though the password entered in it is correct.

3/10/2009 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

looks like verizon changed what they call "in " calling. It is now M2M calls. Wonder if this is why the "IN" calls show 0 on the widget but verizon's web site has 1,000+ m2m mins?

4/26/2009 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

looks like verizon changed what they call "in " calling. It is now M2M calls. Wonder if this is why the "IN" calls show 0 on the widget but verizon's web site has 1,000+ m2m mins?

4/26/2009 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Verizson cell phone said...

Is there an update to fix the "in calls"? since now they are all called m2m (both calling peak and off peak calling)?

4/26/2009 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jared said...

Can you make this compatible with Thunderbird? That would be VERY helpful since I'm in Thunderbird more than Firefox

6/01/2009 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger T R said...

Recently started getting "failed to login" error. Reinstalled Firefox (3.5b4) and everything worked OK for a while and the error reoccurred. All settings checked and same as have always used. Also uninstalled and re-installed

Anyone else getting this error.

May be 3.5b4 related.

6/04/2009 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Hi Winston,

If you are still monitoring the comments on this site; I just e-mailed you (directly) an updated jar file that works (for me so far) with VZW's current site, where M2M has replaced InCalling.

6/04/2009 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger jae said...

great plugin, I've used it for-ever now with my 2 phone plan.

I bought an additional prepaid plan for my son and I can't get it to login with it. I can't find any direct info about it working with prepaid or not. could anyone shed some light on this?

FYI, even though it's showing "failed to login" I can't select "go to billing..." and it will login to the VZW site fine. interesting.

6/06/2009 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jae, try deleting the username/password from 'both' the Firefox password manager as well as from the Minutes Used options. Once you put the new username/password into Minutes Used, I believe that FF will save this for the next time you open FF. I think you will only be able to use this extension for one VZW account (i.e. one online account with one username/password, and will have no way to switch between two online VZW accounts).

6/10/2009 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this thing EVER be updated?

6/11/2009 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Verizson cell phone said...

What needs updated? It works fine for me.

6/11/2009 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need help. I've been using this wonderful extension for about a year now and have recommended it to many VZW users.

About a week ago, the extension stopped showing up. I've read the recent comments here and tried following the helpful info but to no avail.

For some unknown reason, my MyVerizon login password is not being captured by FF. I've checked Security under Options many times and it's not there. I'm guessing this is why I get no extension icon?

Please, offer any suggestions.

6/11/2009 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the FF message I get:

Verizon Web site username and/or password are missing from the option menu. Please register an account at and go to this extension's option menu to set the username and password. They will be securly saved in the Firefox's password manager.

See my post above.

6/11/2009 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Is the Minutes Used extension still showing up on your list of extensions? If so, try uninstalling & reinstalling. If it's not there, you should download it again and install. My understanding is that once you log in to the VZW site, FF should offer to save the username/password if you have save passwords enabled in FF.

6/11/2009 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Phil. No, the VZW minutes used icon has been missing for a week or so. I have downloaded the extension many times since but no joy.

When I look at MyVerizon's page info it tells me that their high encryption is blocking the saving of the MyVerizon password.

FF keeps sending a Java alert that I need to save the MV password but I can't.

6/11/2009 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The only reason my extension has not been showing up was merely because I or someone had removed the Status Bar at the bottom of my FF browser screen.


Thanks again for being helpful and responsive.

6/11/2009 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Jared Luker said...

I think that Verizon might have changed the format of the page. My minutes are not updating and all the other useful info is showing up as "undefined"

6/12/2009 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger praveen said...

very nice plug-in, really helps me to control my peak minutes.
thanks a lot.

6/12/2009 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Jared, I am not having any issue such as you've described, and my minutes are showing up just fine. Perhaps you are not logged in???

6/12/2009 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of this extension being updated to fully work with Verizon's current website format? Thanks.

6/24/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have uninstalled it because it just isn't worth it. It doesn't work all the time, and when it does work it doesn't tell me all the info I need it to. Not to mention all the other people that have problems. Logging into the My Verizon site is much easier then the stress this thing causes! Either update this thing and get it working or take everything down already!

6/24/2009 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger 62nvon said...

@ Anonymous 6/24/2009 05:46:00 PM:

This extension works flawlessly for me except when Verizon makes changes to their website. Winston always updates it as quickly as he can. If you have problems with it, don't use it.

Winston, I appreciate the work you do on this extension. Thank you!

6/25/2009 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

I have to second what 62nvon said... Winston does this as a courtesy to us all, for no compensation; and your comment, Anonymous, was totally out of line! You should just uninstall the extension if it gives you that much stress.

6/25/2009 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger 62nvon said...

And for those of you who may not know, Winston doesn't even use Verizon, but he provides this extension anyway.

Thanks again, Winston!


6/25/2009 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous klw said...

PLEASE... give Winston a break. He does a great job. Remember, it's free, every time Verizon changes their interface he has to adjust this, and once he does it works great again. Please consider donating. Then report problems civilly, and constructively or else keep quiet.

Thanks Winston, you've saved me big bucks several times!

6/25/2009 04:03:00 PM  
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