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Mobile Gateway: QR Codes/ Barcodes

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What are QR Codes?

What is this code?

A QR (Quick Response) code contains data. Almost any kind of data can be encoded in a QR code: a URL, a phone number, an address, and more. Smartphones and mobile devices equipped with cameras can read QR codes and interpret the data.

To read a QR code, you will need to download a QR Code Reader. You can browse the Marketplace or App Store to find a variety of free and paid QR code reader apps for iPhone, iPad2, and Android devices.

QR Code Readers and Creators


Code Reader Apps

There are a variety of free and paid QR Code reader apps and QR Code generator apps. Here are some:

BeeTagg - Apps available from these devices: Apple, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phones, Samsung and OVI. Also generates codes for: calling, SMS, calendar, geo, text, vCard, link and emails. Free.

 Mobiletag - Apps available for these camera phones: Samsung, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Nokia OVI. Coming soon: create tags for URLs and your contact information. Free.

NeoReader is a universal barcode scanning application that allows your camera mobile phone to scan and connect you to web content. It will also generate 2D Data Matrix code for your URL. Available for a wide variety of devices. Free.

Redlaser - Free scanning application for Apple mobile devices, Windows phone and Android. You can scan all types of codes — QR codes, UPC, EAN, UPC-E, and EAN-8 barcodes. You can also generate QR codes for URLs. Free.

Tag Reader (Microsoft) - The Tag works on Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and J2ME phones.



Code Generator Apps

Canva’s QR code generator - Create free static QR codes or create customizable QR code designs.
Kaywa QR Code - QR code generator for linking to a URL, text, phone number or SMS. Free. - QR code generator for linking to a URL, text, phone number, SMS or e-mail address. Free.

 ZXing QR Code Generator - Create QR Codes to send users a URL, plain text, phone number or generate an SMS text message. Free.



  • Barcode Scanner is a free app that decodes QR codes, bar codes, and data matrix codes.
  • Google Goggles is a free app that can read QR codes and bar codes, as well as additional tasks.
  • QR Droid can decode QR codes from your camera or from websites. Also includes a QR code generator which permits you to encode a business card, URL, phone number, calendar event, SMS, or a geolocation.

iPad, iPhone

  • Bakodo is a free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPodTouch. This app can also read bar codes.
  • Google Goggles is a free app that can read QR codes and bar codes, as well as additional tasks.
  • Jade Scan is a free app that can read QR code and other bar codes.
  • QR Reader is a free app for reading QR codes, and permits you to create QR codes from phone numbers, URLs, text messages, geolocations, email addresses, and business cards.

In addition to using the QR code generators included in the apps above, you can also create QR codes online using free or low-cost software: