Monday, February 19, 2007

TMobile (USA) Minutes Used version 1.3

The new version fixed a weird javascript regexp parsing error for some accounts.

You can download it here.


Blogger Jacob Schlottke said...


I've been using your TMobile add-on for a long time and when I came back here for another update, I thought I'd offer you free hosting for your blog and files.

Ive got a couple dedicated servers and could throw you on one if you would like. Nothing in return at all, just thought Id give something back.

Let me know if that is something you would like to do.

Jacob Schlottke

2/22/2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger The Human Resource said...

Yea, I'm stuck on "Checking Usage..." after updating to this version and signing onto a new family plan.

Any ideas?

2/22/2007 12:46 AM  
Blogger Brett D. Altman said...

Mine also hasn't worked properly in a couple of months, even with this upgrade. I have a single person plan and am stuck on "checking usage." I'm also running Vista.

Have you considered turning these extensions into Vista gadgets? Keep up the great work.

2/27/2007 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The T-Mobile logo that appears at the bottom of Firefox (statusbar) should be smaller so that it matches the size of the other logos that appear. Right now, it is too large and vertically expands the statusbar.

2/28/2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger The Human Resource said...

T-Mo must have changed something because this is no longer working.

Any news?

3/02/2007 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, this is working great for me. Any chance of diplaying how many messages (SMS, etc.) used in the mouse over display? Thanks so much for this extension!

3/04/2007 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Dean said...

Winston, thanks as always... your extension rocks!

3/05/2007 3:27 PM  
Anonymous astrojny said...

Note after downloading and installing ver. 1.3 the add on box in Firefox still says it is version 1.2, Is that just a technical glitch, i.e, you didn't update the version info. in the addon???

3/14/2007 4:17 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the version number has been corrected

3/14/2007 1:37 PM  
Blogger astrojny said...

Thanks for changing the version number.

By the way, I neglected to say thanks for creating this extension/add-on. It's very useful.

3/20/2007 2:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seem to be amongst the few using the TMobile version that are stuck on 'Loading TMobile minutes used...'

4/10/2007 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its busted. t-mob seems to have changed their internal page so the parsing is off

4/13/2007 5:23 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Mine is not updating correctly at all. It is displaying that I have used 1115 minutes this billing cycle, yet when I go to T-Mobile's site it displays the correct minute usage as being 1264 minutes. This is the same # i get when i do a #646# from my phone... Any ideas as to the discrepancy? Ive never seen it this off before...



4/18/2007 7:58 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Great extension, it's saved me tons of money be letting me know when I'm going to go over my plan. Any chance you could include sms support? Keep up the good work.

4/20/2007 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still getting the 'failed to parse the minutes used' message. This has been a common trend for several versions now. I can right-click on the bar, go to TMobile's billing site, log in, then log off again, and suddenly the extension will work and display the proper information. But as soon as I exit Firefox ( and re-launch it, I get the same thing again, 'Loading TMobile minutes used...' and it just sits there. If I hover over it, it says 'failed to parse the minutes used'...

5/07/2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Marquinhos Do Nascimento said...

I get 'failed to parse the minutes used'. I have a family plan. Any ideas?

5/23/2007 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

The add-on doesn't seem to work with the latest nightly of 3.0a5pre. It worked up until about a week ago.

5/23/2007 10:35 PM  
Anonymous chad said...

It appears that with some minor changes to the code the add-on will work with the latest trunk after all.

v1.3 has usePwdMgr set as true, which utilizes ";1" to access your T-Mobile password for logging in. The latest trunk doesn't have "passwordmanager", but rather "loginmanager". (See Using nsILoginManager)

I renamed tmobile-minutes.jar to so I could open and edit minutesTicker.js. Once in there I changed usePwdMgr to false, saved, and changed the .zip back to a .jar. Now it works just fine in 3.0a5pre.

Thanks again for the add-on.

6/02/2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...


thanks for the info. it will help me with the next version.

6/02/2007 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuck on Checking Minutes Used, Firefox on Vista. Ugh. Worked fine until my Vista upgrade last week.

6/06/2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger dreines said...

I'd love for this to work but its still stuck on "Loading TMobile minutes used..." in the lower right of browser window. Firefox

6/12/2007 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never gotten this to work either. It's always loading, or failed to load. Does anyone know of a working t-mobile minute minder? Maybe one that supports family plans?

6/14/2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

How do I remove this app?

6/16/2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

i will add text usage in a future version. missed calls are not easily available on your account page. besides, it can be too many to list...

6/17/2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great. I constantly go over my minutes. I don't suppose that it could be made compatible with Thunderbird since that is the program that tends to be open?

6/21/2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

This is great! Feature request for future versions? I'd love it to show my text messages used too. I can't find ANYTHING that will check that for me. Thanks for making this!

7/08/2007 12:52 AM  
Blogger Tariq said...

I use your T-Mobile Minute checker everyday. I love it. I am actually thinking of writing a similar program for Windows Mobile Pocket PC's and run it on the today screen. The part I do not understand in this development is how to send username / password and retrieve the info back from the T-Mobile server. Can you help me guide in writing this program? I am not writing this program for money but for free for the general public.

- Tariq

7/19/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...


the extension was written in javascript and uses XmlHttpRequest to send request to and process from tmobile's web server. you can open the extension as a zip file and study it.

i am sure there are similar constructs to do it on pocket pc.

7/21/2007 4:56 PM  
Blogger David said...

Projected minutes for the month seems to be less than the current used minutes.

106 mins used as of...
projection for month: 84

7/30/2007 3:54 PM  
Blogger David said...

I think the new version is counting the minutes from the 1st of the month rather than the first date of the billing period, which might be on the 15th.

8/02/2007 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the status? Any chance for a fix? I'm stuck on "Loading T-Mobile minutes".

Firefox and version 1.3 of the extension.


9/15/2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger David said...

The projection for the month is off at the beginning of the billing period. It shows a projection that is less than the actual used.

for example, mine shows:


43 minutes used as of 09/25/2007
1000 free minutes per month
Last Statement date 08/23/2007
Projection for this Month: 39
Utilization for this month: 4%

Is is possible to have this updated/fixed? It seems to do this at the beginning of each period.

9/25/2007 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this ever going to be updated/fixed? It's been 8 months since the last update and it has major issues. I don't want to sound disrespectful or unappreciative, you've done great work and I love the extension (when it was working)! But it has been prohibitively long for an update for something that's clearly broken.

This does not bode well for Firefox 3.0 either, which is bound to come out soon...

9/26/2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

the extension works fine for me, and many other users. that's why there has not been any update. my understanding is it doesn't work for everyone. the problem is that it's hard for me to fix anything if i cannot reproduce it...

9/26/2007 11:20 PM  
Blogger David said...

Winston, is there any way I can help you trouble shoot this? Send a long file..., etc? Let me know how I can contact you directly.

9/27/2007 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great extension. My Projection for this month is also off, but the minutes used are the most important feature for me. Thanks!

10/22/2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger David said...

Just wait until 2-3 days after your billing period starts/ends. You'll see that the projected minutes used for the month will be less than what you have used.

instead of:
projectedTotal = Math.round(summary*30/diff);

it should be:
projectedTotal = Math.round(summary*31/(33-diff));

This will allow a more accurate "projectedTotal" for the month. You need 33-diff because if you use 32-diff, you'll get "infinity" for the first day of the billing period.

I customized the extension and it works well now. Again, don't get me wrong, this is a great extension/addon. I just wanted to make it better.

Thanks for all your hard work!

10/25/2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous HR said...

Please update for Firefox 3 Beta.


11/09/2007 12:59 PM  
Blogger ahc11 said...

i have never gotten this to work for me. It always says "checking usage...".

I love your Verizon Extension so I was hoping to use this for my tmo account. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

11/26/2007 8:41 PM  
Anonymous  said...

hey i've had this extension running for a long time and it generally works well. problem is i don't often see it as i don't use the taskbar (to maximize screen real estate). any chance you could add a toolbar button option?

12/07/2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winston, your TMobile add-on is a great tool for the harried parent trying to keep track of minutes. Thank you.

Do you know of anything that can track text message usage? Thank you

Mike Kirchner
michael _dot_ r _dot_ kirchner _at_ gmail _dot_ com

1/08/2008 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great extension! I needed a way to keep tabs on how many minutes I use in a month after my last bill...

2/04/2008 11:58 AM  
Blogger The Human Resource said...

No Firefox 3 support?

2/15/2008 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the update is broken again since T-mobile updated their billing site. I'm sure you've other things to do but I would appreciate a new version.

6/05/2009 11:44 AM  

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