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Phones with QR readers - And usefulness
Invention 
4/8/08 4:48:21 PM
Master

QR (Quick Response) codes are 2D barcodes used in advertising, business cards etc. Some modern phones like the N95 have a QR scanning facility which reads these codes and allows you to use or save the data stored in the code.

I'm wondering how many people have devices capable of reading these things, and whether there are any practical applications worth pursuing.

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thesorehead 
5/8/08 9:09:20 AM
Guru

My N95 8GB has one of those and I have used it to scan my computer monitor on websites that offer Symbian-compatible software. Instead of downloading the file to my computer, transferring it and installing it on the phone I just scanned the barcode and a few seconds later I was using the software. Very cool.

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hill60606 
6/8/08 1:04:22 AM
Immortal

The Sharp 902 had it a few years ago, it's something that hasn't really caught on much here.

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spielentwickler 
6/8/08 4:21:27 AM
Guru

http://reader.kaywa.com/

Java app for use with many phones with cameras

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thesorehead 
6/8/08 9:09:32 AM
Guru

There's not much that does catch on here, is there?

Mobile e-mail is still pretty niche; mobile internet has still not taken off; nobody cares about video calls or even MMS (except me, seemingly). No surprise that most Australians couldn't give a hoot about the QR gimmick.

It's funny, really - 90% of people, 99% of the time use their phones for the exact same thing they used them for five years ago: calls and messages. My sisters take the odd snapshot and occasional MMS - and an uncle of mine (who is an At0mic-worthy geek) uses his Blackberry as a proper business tool.

Uptake of advanced devices with all this technical wizardry is driven by "free" handsets bundled with capped plans and a slowly growing technological rat race.

God I love this country.

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"Be Excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted
- - - Don't feed the Trolls!! - - -
"Consoles are toys. $250 is the most I will pay for a toy." - thesorehead

The Tick 
6/8/08 9:47:18 AM
Hero
Titan


thesorehead: Mobile internet and mobile email all attract data penalties which equal increased costs.

The data plans on offer by all telcos is appalling, especially considering what they offer for a data plan with a USB modem.

The technology is prohibitive mainly due to the unfair and overly inflated costs of these services and it more likely the cause of people not adopting the technology.

MMS is also a prime example. I know that I didn't use it primarily because I was always thinking of the expense. Once I managed to get all my family on one bill which also included free MMS to each other I used it all the time.

I'm not saying it needs to be free, just affordable.

As for video calls, I really don't like doing it. Having a poor quality jittery face staring back at you from the other end of the phone when all your trying to do is talk is not my idea of fun. I can see some use for it, if you really want to see someone you haven't seen in a while or someone from overseas perhaps or kids but I really just didn't like it so it became something I would have skype for if need be. I don't need to do it on my mobile.

I can't comment on the scanning thing - never had a handset that did it. Unless it was something that enabled me to pay with my mobile for goods and services I really don't see a practical application for it to be honest.

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Invention 
6/8/08 10:27:17 AM
Master

I think the main idea is that an advertiser can put a barcode containing the product's into a magazine ad or billboard and people can scan it into their phone, rather than having to remember or write it down.

Another application is on business cards. Embed a barcode with your email address etc onto your business card and people can scan it into their phone for them to store or call immediately.

The Tick: Data plans are slowly getting better. Three have a 1gig plan for $20 which I think is pretty reasonable. They've also got a 2gig for $30 and a 3gig for $40.

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The Tick 
6/8/08 10:40:28 AM
Hero
Titan


Invention - that would be on "3" though?

I know that Optus, Vodafone and Telstra are still way behind in terms of making these features affordable.

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Invention 
6/8/08 10:45:46 AM
Master

Quote by The Tick
Invention - that would be on "3" though?

I know that Optus, Vodafone and Telstra are still way behind in terms of making these features affordable.



Yes this is true. Hopefully with 3 leading the way we might be able to enjoy some reasonably priced plans soonish. Personally I'm not too fussed, seeing as I'm on 3.

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thesorehead 
6/8/08 2:43:58 PM
Guru

Yay for 3 - I'm ditching Voda and porting over for just this reason.

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"Be Excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted
- - - Don't feed the Trolls!! - - -
"Consoles are toys. $250 is the most I will pay for a toy." - thesorehead

The Tick 
6/8/08 4:01:13 PM
Hero
Titan


I'm genuinely interested to know about how 3 rates these days.

I tried twice with them, once with about 5 phones moving over at once (company plan) and the second time around the time they started letting Telstra use their network.

Both times I did the "3" experiment it bit me in the arse. Poor service, drop outs, outages, no help at all (good going with the Indian helpdesk).

Still, that was some time ago.

I find Optus nearly as bad with their 3G network lately to be honest. The iPhone and Optus <> happiness.




Edited by The Tick: 6/8/2008 4:01:49 PM

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thesorehead 
7/8/08 9:04:46 AM
Guru

I spoke to a couple of mates who had nothing bad to say about 3, except for the odd coverage issue, and these guys have been with them for a couple years now.

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"Be Excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted
- - - Don't feed the Trolls!! - - -
"Consoles are toys. $250 is the most I will pay for a toy." - thesorehead

über-Bantumi 
10/8/08 9:40:04 PM
Titan

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the QR reader in my N82... while it's been of very limited use, it was interesting to test it out.

Not quite a replacement for the O2/socketscan just yet though

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