Thursday, July 27, 2006

TMobile (USA) Minutes Used version 1.0 (for prepaid account)

The new version now supports prepaid TMobile account. Here is a screen shot of it.

You can download the version 1.0 here.
(save the file locally and then open it from Firefox: File->Open File...)

Next on my list is to support displaying multiple accounts, which seems to be a popular request. I am swamped by other things for now. So it has to wait a while. Stay tuned...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I installed and got the following error:
error "failed to parse the minutes used"
when I right click on the tmobile icon I can use the option that goes to the tmobile site, that seems to work fine. Maybe they changed their site on you.

7/29/2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have the same error :-(

7/30/2006 6:18 PM  
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8/05/2006 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have exactly the same error and when I double click on the icon of the extension, it goes to my tmo account but i see "No Bills Found" on the page. :(

8/09/2006 1:30 PM  
Anonymous JT said...

Love the extension. Love it.

Feature request: perhaps optionally, have the extension store the time of the last check between browser sessions. I open and close the browser a lot and I use master password, and it always prompts me for it.



8/13/2006 3:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great extension! However, I think I found a bug. Take a look at this screenshot:

If you look at it closly you'll see I've used 151 min and the projected is 113, which should really be much higher than 151.

I think I got this from 1.0 and it was working fine in 0.9

8/15/2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

it's not really a bug. if you look at your statement date, it's more than 1 month old. therefore i am assuming the 115 minutes you have used so far is for more than 1 month, which means your montly projection is lower than 115 minutes.

8/15/2006 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see. I think there's a better way to calculate the projection:

Take the difference between today's date and last statement's date. If the difference is less than a month, then calculate the project as it is currently. Otherwise, the difference is more than a month and we know TMobile does not have user's lastest billing statement up online yet. So what you can do is mod the difference by 30 (or 31) and use the leftovers to calculate this month's projection.

This way we don't have to wait for TMobile to put up the lastest statement and still a reasonable projection.

It is an estimate, afterall.

8/16/2006 4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above method of course, is assuming the user has monthly billing cycle (which I have btw).

8/16/2006 4:27 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

isn't what you said the same as what's implemented now? you will still see a projection less than your current minute usage in your case.

8/16/2006 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic extension! Is there a reason why its not listed on the site/support the update extension feature?


8/17/2006 2:32 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

it's a long story why it's not listed on mozilla's addons site.

8/17/2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger The Human Resource said...

1.0 works well.
Data and text message usage should be next.
Good stuff.
Every thought of making a widget?

8/25/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger Amanda Pace said...

i think Tmobile blocked us from using this... where my minutes are usually displayed, it now says "incorrect phone number or password"... i went to My Tmobile to log back in, and this is what i see...

"Your access to My T-Mobile has been temporarily blocked. To protect the integrity of our network and the optimal functioning of our various services for the benefit of all our customers, T-Mobile limits the number of times you may log in to this site during any twenty-four [24]-hour period. Your access will automatically be restored in twenty-four [24] hours, after which time you may log in to this site again.

If you want to know how many Whenever Minutes® you have used, simply dial #MIN# (#646#) and press “send” from your T-Mobile phone to get the latest update instantly. Check up on your minutes used any time and as often as you like – for free."

Bummer :-(

8/30/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

there is a limit on how many times you can login to the web site to check your minutes. make sure you configure the frequency in the extension's option menu correctly.

8/30/2006 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am now getting the "failed to parse the minutes used" error on two machines I am using the extension. If I reinstall it, it works one time then fails after that. Is this due to a change in the T-mobile site? I see others are getting this as well.

8/30/2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger Schorschi said...

I have the same problem, it says 'failed to parse the minutes used'. This is for my wife's prepaid account. She has a Sidekick 3. The extension works for my own account though. I use a 'regular' Nokia phone, also prepaid. Weird.


9/02/2006 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are so many great extensions like yours, that my bottom bar is full! Would love to see the option to just show the used minutes only, since my allowed minutes never changes. Thanks for a great mufu'in tool!

9/03/2006 2:55 PM  
Blogger Brett D. Altman said...

Is there a fix coming for the new T-Mobile limitation on the number of times you can check your minutes per day?

9/04/2006 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you make it work with firefox 2.0?

9/04/2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...


the "fix" for the T-Mobile limitation is alredy in. basically the default frequency is set to a high value.

if you open/close your firefox frequently, you may still exceed the limit, unless you disable the checker temporarily.

9/06/2006 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, are you going to address our comments about the "failed to parse the minutes used" problem? I love the extension but right now it's unusable to me on both of my computers. Thanks.

9/08/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

T-Mobile's web site states that they limit the number of logins now due to "customers using browser features that check their minutes regularly." They recommend setting the update interval to 60 minutes. I would recommend you not allow an interval less than 60 minutes so you cannot be held responsible.

9/14/2006 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Travis Owens said...

I happen to notice this new version, which I downloaded only a week before I happen to switch my account to a pre-pay plan... talk about good timing!

9/26/2006 5:23 PM  
Anonymous John F. said...

Was working great for a long time. Now I see "incorrect phone number or password". Since I hadn't changed either, I have to assume that this error message is a red herring. My guess is that changes to T-Mobile's web site broke this extension.

10/03/2006 5:08 PM  
Anonymous John F. said...

Hmm. Now it's working again. Never mind.

10/03/2006 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Travis Owens said...

I have posted a Firefox 2.x compatible version of this PlugIn at: v1.0.1.xpi

10/10/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting the "failed to parse minutes" error also. Perhaps this extension (v1.01) is not ready for prime time yet. Can't wait 'til it is though as it appears that it would be perfect for me.

10/11/2006 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Mark D. said...

Here we go again. I noticed that the extension stopped working today, and when I tried to sign in manually to the T-Mobile site, I noticed that the site has changed again. From the site itself: “You’ll be seeing a lot of changes from T-Mobile, including a new look on My T-Mobile.” It looks like we need to wait until the site settles down again, and then wait for Winston to grace us with a new version.

11/27/2006 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Mark D. said...

Okay, maybe not. It seems that things are back to normal.

11/29/2006 11:17 AM  
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