Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TMobile (USA) Minutes Used version 2.1

the new version fixed a bug from the previous version. it also dumps error messages to the "error console" in firefox which hopefully will help debug any issues.

it doesn't work with prepaid plan yet because i am not sure what kind of data the extension is getting prepaid plan. but the error log might help.

You can download it here.


Blogger The Human Resource said...

It works!

Really appreciate the effort.

7/22/2009 12:59 PM  
Blogger Daniel Rouse said...

Thanks, v2.1 works great with my family plan.

7/22/2009 4:28 PM  
Blogger seanbperiod said...

still no worky for me.. does anyone with a prepaid account have this working?

where is the debug to diagnose?

7/22/2009 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a Prepaid account also, and the extension still isn't working for me.

When double clicking the extension in the status bar, it takes me to the TMobile site, but says "Sorry, this information is unavailable Please refresh". However clicking the "account balance" on the Tmo site brings up my current usage and minutes left.

I've tried uninstalling it and re-installing with no luck. The error console shows a "No element Found Line 1" error.

I can send you the "Page Source" of the Account Usage page if you need it to debug. -dave-

7/23/2009 12:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

as i said in the release note, it doesn't support prepaid account yet because i don't have one.

the error log message is in "tools->error console" starting with "failed to parse...". that might help me find a solution.

7/23/2009 8:50 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

HEY!!! It works, and works with the family plan, all is well! WOW thanks for keep developing this one. thank you sooooooo much! Perfect! So helpful.

7/23/2009 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After clearing the error console and then Checking usage on the extension, i only get the "No element found" error.

i see that under no element found, it gives the web site address that it is having trouble with "Error: no element found
Source File:
Line: 1"

double-clicking the extension takes me to the site "" where i get the "sorry, information is currently unavailable, please refresh" message.

It is different than the website i have to access for the prepaid site. ""

don't know if that makes any difference for the extension and i don't know much about the code or how to code, but i thought it would be worth mentioning. -dave-

7/23/2009 3:21 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

No joy here. I have a family plan with 5 lines.

Firefox 3.0.12; Minutes Used version 2.1, installed, uninstalled, reinstalled to no affect. When I hover the pointer over the T area, I see lots of text starting with "failed to parse minute usage ...". Nine (9) lines show with one partial. Opening the Firefox Error Console does show errors. Not sure how to capture those errors for you.

Clicking on Check usage just yields "checking usage..." Navigating to the T-Mobile Billing Site works with pre-fill of phone number and password, but does not go any further. Need to press Enter to get any further.

Thanks in advance.

7/24/2009 5:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Here is what I was able to capture using Console2:
Error: failed to parse minute usage {!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""}{html xmlns=""}{head}{style type="text/css" media="all"}@import "";{/style}
{meta name="publisher" content="T-Mobile USA"/}
{meta name="language" content="English"/}
{meta name="copyright" content="2002-2005"/}
{meta name="WT.cg_n" content="My T-Mobile Login"/}
{meta name="WT.cg_s" content="Log In"/}

Source file: tmobile-minutes/content/minutesTicker.js
Line: 1161

I could not paste the offending html here, so I substituted the braces for the angle brackets.


7/24/2009 5:27 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Partially works for me (5 line family plan).

However, I have to right click and select "Check Usage Now" to get it to update. Won't do it on it's own. I've tried different checking values with no luck.

Thank you Winston!

7/28/2009 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was unable to get it to work on Firefox 3.5.1. I inputted the necessary data and it hangs on checking usage... When I mouse over it reads failed to parse minute usage. Are there any other Firefox add-ons that would cause a compatibility issue with this add-on? Keep up the good work!

7/30/2009 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got it working, but I had to input the username / password and then uninstall the add-on and then reinstall it. Thanks!

8/01/2009 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to force it to check by right clicking and selecting "Check Usage Now". It doesn't seem to want to check every "X" minutes as per the setting in the options.

Other than that it seems ok.

Thanks Winston!

8/21/2009 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have to "force" the check. It won't automatically update.

Winston, any chance you can address this?

8/31/2009 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

getting "failed to parse minute usage". Any advice?

10/03/2009 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't automatically check minutes. Have to manually "Check Usage Now" each time I need to update.

10/13/2009 12:24 PM  
Blogger jromine said...

I fixed this to support prepaid accounts. Let me know how to get you the patched source.

10/16/2009 6:57 PM  
Blogger Winston Huang said...

can you post the diff here? (assuming it's not too big).

10/18/2009 10:29 PM  
Blogger jromine said...

The diffs are somewhat large. You can download my dev version of the package from
only the minutesTicker.js file changed.

10/19/2009 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nice job on the patch! it works on my prepaid now. I'll post here if there are any issues.

thanks again to the author too.


10/23/2009 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice! I noticed when I search in add-ons only a very old version comes up ( from 2006 ). Could you get the stable version up on Firefox addons to make it easier to find the current version?

PS. I'd like to do an short article on your plugin once I have it working. My site is here -

11/10/2009 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still no fix for the auto check? I still have to force it to check if I want an updated used minutes count. :(

11/19/2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger The Human Resource said...

Google Chrome supports extensions so if it's possible to adapt this for Chrome I believe many people would be very appreciative.


12/05/2009 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't working for me in FF 3.6 RC1. I don't see any icon in the status bar. When I open Add-ons and select Options for the add-on, it shows no dialog and I have to kill FF using Task Manager.

1/09/2010 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the error in the error log:
No chrome package registered for chrome://tmobile-minutes/content/tmobile-logo.png

1/09/2010 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone supporting this addon? Can we get a fixed release for 3.6? Thanks.

1/23/2010 12:51 AM  
Blogger Ronald Pottol said...

No longer working for me, firefox 3.6.x (fairly current(via and 3.5.(current, today .8) Linux.

It's been broken for a while, a month or two at least.

(and I need to remember to donate, this has saved my bacon on occasion).

Chrome support would be great, as I use that a lot now.

2/18/2010 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also getting the "failed to parse minute usage" error, using Firefox 3.5.8 on Ubuntu 9.10.

2/24/2010 1:59 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

Hmm. Doesn't work with my "Even more plus" family plan. "failed to parse minute usage" Other people reporting the same I see. 2 lines on the plan.

3/24/2010 10:22 PM  
Blogger jromine said...

I updated this again to work for my prepaid account (it wasn't showing minutes used). You can download my updated release. There are some issues related to Firefox 3.6 that still need attention.

If it's broken for you on Firefox 3.5, and you know how to use Firebug, check and see what URL gets retrieved and what the JSON response looks like.

7/15/2010 7:01 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Have you tried changing the phone number? I have a new t-mobile account and when I try to enter the options in the bottom right hand corner, I can change the phone number and password, when I close out, the options aren't changed. I can change the minutes it turns red and stuff, but I can't seem to change the phone number or password. I've tried disabling the app and trying it again, no dice. I've tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it, but then when I go to add-ons > t-mobile extension > options it locks up the add-ons window and I have to END TASK to close it. Thoughts?

8/19/2010 11:52 AM  
Blogger jromine said...

Try going to Tools > Options > Security > Saved Passwords, and removing the account information. Then enter the phone number and password into the add-on.

8/19/2010 11:56 AM  
Blogger astrojny said...

No longer works with Firefox 3.6.10 or Firefox 4 beta 6.

9/28/2010 4:24 PM  
Blogger astrojny said...

No T-Mobile version no longer works with Firefox 3.6.10 or Firefox 4 beta. :=( Any chance for an update???

9/28/2010 4:25 PM  
Blogger astrojny said...

T-mobile version no longer works with Firefox 3.6.10 or Firefox 4 beta 6. Any chance for an update?

9/28/2010 4:26 PM  
Blogger John Romine said...

I updated this again because T-Mobile fixed a typo in their server response, and to make it install on Firefox 3.6. I'm calling this version 2.1.6.

I'm on a Prepaid plan, and can't easily test the other plans' responses. If it's not working for you, and you're willing to help troubleshoot the JSON response, post a comment with your plan type and what's not working.

10/21/2010 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Hi, not working for me, just sits on 'checking usage' on FF 3.6.13, TMobile "Get More 1000 Promo" using extension 2.1.6

however it does show up on the bottom of the screen like it used to, which is an improvement :)

Please let me know if there is anything I can supply you to get it working and thanks very much for taking the time to share your work

1/13/2011 6:38 AM  
Blogger John Romine said...

Take a look at the instructions for dump() in
The extension writes some debugging info in the console and maybe that will help narrow down the problem.

1/13/2011 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Thanks very much for the reply John. Here's what I see in the error console: : server does not support RFC 5746, see CVE-2009-3555

Hope that helps!


1/14/2011 1:21 PM  
Blogger Steven C said...

Just to add to the information, I get the same error as listed immediately above. I have a T-mobile postpaid account.

1/17/2011 3:47 PM  
Blogger Steven C said...

That is, Paul's comments.

1/17/2011 3:48 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Great! Thank you so much. This is just what I'm looking for.

3/22/2011 6:01 AM  
Blogger ghie said...

Awesome! Thanks a bunch for sharing this, really appreciate it. usedtmobilephones

3/22/2011 6:23 AM  

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