Monday, June 27, 2011

Additional BB QR readers - XVII

Mobio bills itself as "... the world's first payment and identity platform for smart phones..." Per this article "... Mobio turns a Smartphone camera into a specialized QR barcode reader that unlocks the capability for a user to donate through any media (print, web and TV). The Mobio app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. First-time users download the free Mobio app and register for the secure service. Once registered, a user can then scan a Mobio QR barcode to make a charitable donation using VISA, MasterCard or American Express..."

OK, so I downloaded it to my BB Torch and gave it a whirl. Note: I only tried out its QR code scanning capabilities, but NOT the secure set up or other capabilities. As always I used the QR codes at the QR Code Quality Standards Test v1.02

Mobio had no problems reading 'url', 'phone', 'e-mail' and other QR codes. However your only options were to go to the url, make the call, or send the e-mail, you did not have other options e.g. the ability to save to your contacts, etc. Mobio did not do 'free text' or 'vcard' QR codes.

I will not opine as to Mobio's place in the pantheon of QR readers, because it is clearly not aimed at that general space (so it would be unfair to compare it to the other QR readers I have tried out, or ding it for not doing free text, vcards, etc.) However, it can be used as a basic QR reader...

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