Screen-scrape ting device usage

Ting offers great inexpensive cellphone service, so when Ingrid's organization needed to provide a cellphone for an employee, I naturally suggested she use them. However, Ting doesn't presently have an API to check usage. So I put together a Python program that can screen-scrape this information.

To use, write a file in ~/.tingrc with your ting username, password, and a list of the device(s) you want to print usage for:

ting_mail = '...@...'
ting_password = '...'
ting_phones = ['...', '...']
If you don't make these settings, you'll be prompted for your ting login credentials each time, and show information about all phones.

Now, just run the program:

$ python
Phone: Example
	Minutes 30
	Messages 7
	Megabytes 15

Generated in 6.4 seconds
Fri Jan  4 13:41:08 2013

You can do anything you like with the output; I put it at a specific URL, which Ingrid's employee can check to ensure his usage is reasonable.

The script requires Python 2.7, BeautifulSoup 3 (version 4 may work too) and mechanize. I developed it on Linux, so it may not work on other platforms without tweaking.

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Entry first conceived on 4 January 2013, 20:37 UTC, last modified on 14 January 2013, 15:00 UTC
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