Friday, July 10, 2009

Verizon Minutes Used Firefox Extension Version 2.1

The new version is contributed from Phil, to replace InCalling with M2M.

You can download the new version here .

67 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG Finally a new version!
I'll be giving this another try now that it may WORK!

7/10/2009 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Winston!

7/11/2009 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome plugin! I linked to you on my blog:

http://mepem.com/pemtech/2009/07/11/verizon-watching-your-minutes/

7/11/2009 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, here's the link with the A HREF:

http://mepem.com/pemtech/2009/07/11/verizon-watching-your-minutes/

7/11/2009 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I change my username? I recently got a new account number it keeps reverting to an invalid username rendering the check useless.

7/14/2009 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Try this:
In FF; tools, options, security, saved passwords... Delete all currently saved VZW username/passwords. Now log in to VZW home page and set up your new account with the new username & password. Have FF save these. Now add the new username & password to Minutes Used options. That should do it.

7/14/2009 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger 0 said...

What exactly would one have to do to get this to work with the NoScript extension installed? Since I installed NoScript, VMU says "failed to login". Thanks.

7/24/2009 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

0, have you confirmed that the Minutes Used extension currently works for you with NoScript 'disabled'?

7/24/2009 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger 0 said...

Phil, it was working until the hour I installed NoScript and restarted. I've now added vzw.com and verizonwireless.com to the NoScript whitelist, and after a wait of an hour or so, the extension appears to be working fine again, for now, with NoScript still enabled.

7/24/2009 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Glad that it is now working for you. I actually did essentially the same thing, but I also added verizon.net (which apparently was not necessary).

7/24/2009 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Why can't the number of text messages be displayed in the status bar?

I can care less about my voice minutes...I never use most of them and I am on the lowest plan.

However, I only get 500 txts a month and use at least 450 of them each month. So this would be handy if this would display my txt message usage...and not broken down. I mean, I only want to know how many non-IN messages I have sent and received (totaled together), because those are the only messages that are billable out of my 500. I don't care about the other messages.

Currently, I have to log into the MY Verizon site, push 50 millions links until it takes me to the usage page with the colored bars. That's the info I am requesting.

Thanks.

8/02/2009 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Brien D said...

Can someone help me with this extension? I used to love it, but I haven't been able to use it for about a year. I was hoping this version would fix it, but I still get the same error message: "Failed to login. Make sure your region setting is correct in the option menu." My region setting is correct. My username/password is correct. I'm not sure what's wrong.

8/04/2009 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brien, by chance do you have NoScript installed? If so, try disabling it and see if Minutes used works after a restart. If it does, try adding vzw.com and verizonwireless.com to the NoScript whitelist.

8/04/2009 09:35:00 AM  
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8/05/2009 01:06:00 PM  
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8/05/2009 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Nice. Updated, incorrectly entered my username and now 2.1 will not let me correct it. I've even tried uninstalling this addon and reinstalling but apparently the info is saved off somewhere and gets imported on reinstall. Useless right now. Ugh!

Is there a backdoor process to edit the username, etc?

8/05/2009 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Figured it out. Had to delete the passwords (linked to the usernames) in the FF password manager. Restarted FF asked for username/pwd and I'm back up and running.

8/05/2009 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

For my mouseover, it just shows multiple lines of "undefined". It looks properly formatted, and even some lines are bold, but all say undefined.

8/28/2009 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger scott said...

It is awesome. Is there a way to have it automatically send a text message or email when minutes used hits the "warning threshold".

9/01/2009 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this extension, but currently doesn't not work "failed to login..." does this work w/ new firefox update?

10/11/2009 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jared Luker said...

Is there a mirror of this somewhere? Freewebs.com seems to be down for the count!

11/10/2009 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Jared Luker said...

Looks like it's back up.

11/12/2009 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Winston, I have a version change on this extension to help out some things for secondary accounts. How do I email it to you (what's your address?)

11/18/2009 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Be nice if it could determine what was in network calling so my Peak minutes didn't look so inflated.

11/25/2009 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

I'm the secondary account if it matters (see my above comment).

11/25/2009 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Jared Luker said...

Make sure that your phone number is in the Verizon Phone Number field and then choose "Peak" for the Display in Status Bar option. It probably has Peak + Off Peak selected now.

11/25/2009 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

No. It's set to just Peak. But I would think that this is all calls during peak hours. I don't see any clear option to single out calls made within the Verizon network.

11/25/2009 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

For clarification: is the M2M calls made within the network? So if it says 618 Peak and 348 for M2M Peak. That those 348 minutes are part of the 618?

12/05/2009 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

M2M means Verizon 'mobile to mobile' (these are calls to any other Verizon wireless number), and are not chargeable minutes. Also, if you have Show Family Plan Total Usage checked, the numbers you are seeing represent the total usage for the entire account (i.e. all numbers that are part of your family plan). BTW, 'Normal' Peak minutes are only ones that you do get charged for (against your allotted minutes, determined by which plan you are one). Normal Off Peak and all M2M are unlimited usage.

12/05/2009 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

.. and no, in your example, the 348 M2M minutes are not part of the 618 Peak minutes. The 348 M2M minutes are free calls to other VZW numbers. The 618 Peak minutes are what you are charged for, and are calls during Peak hours to numbers other than other VZW numbers. Depending on what option you checked, the totals shown may be for only your individual number, or the total for all numbers on your family plan.

12/05/2009 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Thanks. That helps. I assume the Verizon Friends and Family fall under the M2M calls? I think this may be what is confusing me as my Normal Minutes Peak look high to me. These are the phone numbers you can store on your account online that you get to call for free that are non Verizon (or M2M).

12/05/2009 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

I'm set only to see the minutes used for my phone number.

12/05/2009 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Okay. I've waited for some correspondence back so that I could give this file directly to Winston, but I haven't yet been able to find his email address, so I'm just going to post the file link here so that the community will benefit.

I made a change to the extension to allow for Secondary My Verizon Accounts. The issue is that every line on a family share plan can create their own My Verizon account, which has access to the minutes used information. However, only the account holder can have access to the billing information. Winston's script uses the account holder page by default to draw the minutes used. This means that only account holder My Verizon accounts can authenticate to it, because secondary My Verizon accounts do not have access to this information. Likewise, if we switched the page that draws the minutes used information to always use the secondary account page, the account holder would be unable to view the minutes used, because for whatever reason, an account holder My Verizon account does not have access to this page -- it says "Access Denied."

Therefore, I have added an option in the options section that allows you to specify whether your account for My Verizon is an account holder account or if it is a secondary My Verizon account. It will draw the minutes accurately regardless of which you choose -- all information is present.... but you must select the one that is current for your own My Verizon account.

Options screenshot: http://jaybaldwin.com/vzw_mu/VzwMinutesUsed.png

Modified Extension / XPI (in zip folder): http://jaybaldwin.com/vzw_mu/verizon_minutes_used-2.1a-fx.xpi.zip

12/06/2009 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Jay..maybe I'm not using my head. But I have a secondary account and I'm not aware there is any information that I cannot see with the current version of this extension. Except for M2M off Peak (which may not matter to most...so). I do have access and use the My Verizon Account with the primary login.

Also, does anyone know if the Verizon Friends and Family minutes fall under the M2M calls or not?

12/06/2009 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Well, I tried it. I am the account holder, and my My Verizon account user ID is, for example userID1. My friend added a line to my family plan. He created a new user ID with My Verizon, and he's userID2. In the extension, the page that is parsed to retrieve the account usage is an account holder privileged. Meaning, I have access to it when I use userID1, but my friend does not when he uses userID2. Therefore, my friend is unable to use the Verizon Minutes used extension without either having an "Account Holder" privileged My Verizon account, or using my user name and password within the extension. This does not help us. In checking into what HIS account has access to, I found a similar page with similar information, but it is not locked down to require "Account Holder" status. When he goes there just in the billing section of the site, everything is fine. WHen I try to go to THAT page, it tells me I do not have access because I am an account holder, and links me to the same information in the account holder section. Therefore, I modified the extension to use the appropriate page for your account's privileged level, according to the setting you specify in the options. This is the only situation that works for us both. I tried him and I both using the current configuration -- it only worked for me. I tried him and I both using the "unprivileged" section, and it only worked for him. With this setup, it works for us both.

12/07/2009 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How secure is this add-on? Other than VZW, who else has access to my username and password?

12/09/2009 05:19:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

No one. I've looked at the code myself. The password is stored securely in Firefox's password manager, and is only used and extracted when relaying the information to VZW to retrieve your usage information.

12/09/2009 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Just for clarity when calling a phone number that you have listed in the Friends and Family they show up under the M2M calls.

12/16/2009 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger zulian said...

hmm.. new version

z-computer-z.blogspot.com

12/22/2009 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Using FF 3.6b5 in Win7 Pro 64bit. This addon isn't working. Installs but that's it. Any chance of a fix or later version?

12/23/2009 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Marshall B said...

Updates needed:
1) login is not working (could be a link problem?)

2) at least one link needs updating in the .js file:
usageURLBase : "billpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/accountholder/services/myusageSubmit.action"

should now be
"wbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/accountholder/services/myusage.action"

1/03/2010 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Marshall B said...

My bad! I had neglected to choose "west" region. Thanks for a great add-on!

1/03/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Chris W. said...

the extension stopped working for me for a while back...when I try just running the JAR file on its own from the install directory, an error pops up in OS X's console...

1/5/10 11:24:17 PM [0x0-0x314314].com.apple.JarLauncher[72379] Invalid or corrupt jarfile /Users/[user]/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/f4mf5d5h.Chris Refresh/extensions/{666ccc60-6cdd-11da-8cd6-0800200c9a66}/chrome/verizon-minutes.jar

uninstalling the extension, wiping out the directory and reinstalling don't help, sadly...any ideas?

1/06/2010 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not working on FF 3.6 on Windows 7. I upgraded from 2.0 to 2.1. Nothing shows in the status bar and when I click on the options button it locks the extensions window.

1/24/2010 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried going back to 2.0 and have the same problem. Wonder if it's FF 3.6 that's causing it?

1/24/2010 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

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1/24/2010 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

I think it needs to be updated to work with later versions of FF. I was trying a later version and had the same problem so I went back to 3.5. Still working at 3.5.7. I guess it's best to ignore the 3.6 update if you want this addon to work. Hope someone updates it soon or some may be forced to stop using it. I'm running Win7 and XP. I ran into this problem with a later version in Win7 but would assume the same issue with XP. I don't see anything that says how late of a version of FF you can use this extension with.

1/24/2010 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Working just fine for me in FF 3.6

1/24/2010 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger Ian Cabell said...

Hi, Winston! This looks like a great add-on! I've just installed it and love it. Is there a way to have it display "data usage" as well? Thanks!

1/31/2010 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike M said...

I'm having the same issue with FF 3.6 and Windows 7, it hangs when I click the Options button. (It worked fine with FF 3.5.8) Are there any plans for an update or to look into this bug?

Thanks, love the add-on!
Mike

2/22/2010 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

I'm also having a problem with the options button hanging in FF3.6. I would really like to see this fixed.

2/25/2010 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger azjerry said...

Winston,

You there?

3/23/2010 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous DanD said...

This doesn't seem to be working on my iBook G4 w/ FF 3.6.3, any help would be appreciated, thanks.

4/20/2010 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out OverMyMinutes.com. It might be a working solution...

4/20/2010 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

May be its is just me, but stopped working last week. It has been working fine for years. Using FF 3.6.3

6/21/2010 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Minutes used wasn't working for me for about a month (Vista Ultimate x64 with FF 3.6.3). Tonight I just noticed it's working again. Not sure how that happened, but I won't argue with it.

6/22/2010 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with the new 3.6.4, same thing, this extension is dead... i feel lost now without it

6/24/2010 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Works fine for me. Windows 7 64-bit, Firefox 3.6.4.

6/24/2010 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Jay - just cant get mine to work in the same environment.
Anyone know a way to get this 100% uninstalled (no files and no settings in the prefs)? so that I could re-install it fresh?
I am going to try a new FB profile with nothing but this installed to see what happens

6/25/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger SBMongoos said...

Anyone else having trouble with this extension at FF 3.6.6?

7/05/2010 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Since tomorrow will be a year since Winston's updating the extension, I have taken the open license to a new version and new name.

I posted a modified version here trying to give the source to Winston, as well as attempting to email him, but have not gotten a response.

The new extension I'm making from some of Winston's source is located here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/194064/

It's been updated for use with Firefox 3.0 - 4.0 beta 2.

Should Winston contact me about the source to this extension, I would be happy to add him as a developer on Mozilla's add-ons site. But I will be changing the extension greatly to include business accounts, and a more streamlined options window.

I will also be offering support via http://jaybaldwin.com/Contact.aspx

Please understand, I am in no way trying to take credit for this extension, or take it away from Winston. As I've stated, I have tried to donate the updates I've made to him, and will remain open to discussing collaboration with him on future development. I just believe in its functionality and desire it to be kept up to date and development of it to continue.

I will maintain links to this blog (as the original source) even as modifications are made until the code base that provides the core functionality has been replaced by my own logic, which is being reworked even now.

7/09/2010 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Jared Luker said...

Jay,

Many thanks to you for picking up the mantle to keep this very useful extension going. I know that it has personally saved me plenty of money since my wife does not keep track of her usage!

Thanks for your time and efforts.

I don't know how similar the development is, but I'd also like to see this as a Chrome addon too.

7/09/2010 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil F said...

Jay, that is great news!!!
Best of luck...
Thank you.

7/09/2010 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

Jay,

this is Winston. thanks for picking up this extension. I have not been able to support it for a while due to various reason, and I am happy someone is taking over it.

Winston

7/11/2010 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

need an update to make it work with 4.0

3/22/2011 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This version is no longer updated. Go here for an alternative.

http://jaybaldwin.com/Projects/VzUm.aspx

3/29/2011 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the link!!!


This version is no longer updated. Go here for an alternative.

http://jaybaldwin.com/Projects/VzUm.aspx

3/30/2011 01:10:00 PM  

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