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What is a QR Code?

Hydrangea Papers E-Packet by Jeanne DowningThe QR or "Quick Response" code is a code that is made up of black blobs arranged in a square pattern on a white background.

For most mobile phones that have cameras, there are downloadable applications (apps) that enable the code to be easily read by just pointing the phone at the code. Once the code is read, the mobile phone will be directed to open a web page, create an email, or provide contact information of the company or person who generated the QR code. If you've got a QR code reader, go ahead and read the code to the right, you'll be taken to the Rosecote home page on your phone!

Depending on what brand/operating system of smartphone you have, here is a list of some of the apps that are available for the IPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone7.

iPhone QR Code Reader Apps
  • NeoReader (Free) – This is one of the best QR readers for iPhone. It does QR Code, Data Matrix and Aztec bar codes.
  • Optiscan ($1.99) – One unique feature with this app is it will save the QR code data so that you can pull it up later rather than having to rescan it each time.
  • Barcode – Barcode scans QR Code and Data Matrix. You have to select which type of code you are scanning rather than it auto detecting it.
  • QuickMark ($0.99) – CNET rated this app as the best QR code reader app for the iPhone. Google recommends this app as well.
  • ScanLife (Free) – Reads EZ Code, QR code, Data Matrix and UPC codes. ScanLife makes their app for multiple mobile operating systems.
Android QR Code Reader Apps
  • Barcode Scanner (Free) – This one scans UPC, QR code and Data Matrix. Works great.
  • ShopSavvy (Free) – This app scans QR codes but also scans UPC codes and finds the best prices near you.
  • ScanLife (Free) – Reads EZ Code, QR code, Data Matrix and UPC codes. ScanLife makes their app for multiple mobile OS.
  • QuickMark (Free) – Same as the iPhone app however on Android it is free. Reads Quick Code, QR code, UPC and Data Matrix.
Blackberry QR Code Reader Apps
  • ScanLife (Free) – Reads EZ Code, QR code, Data Matrix and UPC codes. ScanLife makes their app for multiple mobile OS.
  • BeeTagg (Free) – Reads QR Code, Data Matrix and BeeTagg Code.
  • QR Code Scanner Pro (Free) – This app seems to have it all included in one package.
Windows Phone 7 QR Code Reader Apps
  • PhraseMeme Scanner (Trial then $1.99) – This is a new QR code scanning app for Windows Phone 7. PhraseMeme is a multi-format barcode scanner for Windows Phone 7 which includes a QR code reader.
  • BeeTagg (Free) – The BeeTagg QR Reader for Windows Phone 7 can read QR Codes, BeeTagg Codes and Datamatrix. It supports the following formats: vCard, meCard, vEvent, Geo, Phone, SMS, Text.
  • NeoReader (Free) – This is one of the best readers on the iPhone and is now on Windows Phone 7. It supports almost all types of bar codes including Data Matrix, QR codes, Aztec Codes, EAN, UPC, and Code 128.

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