In order to take advantage of the technology known as QR codes you will have to have a cell phone that has a camera and is internet accessible. Many smart phones come preloaded with a scanner that can read QR codes. If yours does not have one you will have to find one that is compatible with your phone and download the application. There is QR code software available that works for most mobile platforms.
Whenever there are many choices available it is a bit more difficult to make a choice and that is true with QR code software as well. There are several options to choose from. It is best to do a little research and see which one works best with the phone you have. Free QR code software is as easy to find as an internet search or a quick trip to the App Market on your mobile device.
The Kaywa Reader is one version of free QR code software that is available. Once installed on your phone you will be able to scan the 2D barcodes and the content of the QR code will be immediately resolved on the phone. Kaywa is supported on Java Mobile, Win Mobile and S60 phone platforms.
The i-nigma reader claims to be the” most widely used mobile barcode reader in the world”. Again once installed you will have the capability to scan and decode QR codes. I-nigma users have the ability to help you shop as it will take the code you scan and compare prices at several sites so you can get the best deal.
Google Goggles offers the same user options discussed above as well as some added features. It is a QR code scanner but it also allows the user to use pictures of landmarks, logos and artworks, among other things to search the web. Google Goggles is supported by Android phones 2.1 and above. It is also supported on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with the Google search app.
BeeTagg also has a price check option available. It has the added ability to read not only two dimensional QR codes but to read one dimensional codes as well. BeeTagg is supported on Windows phones 7.5 or higher.