Since you probably already lost faith and jumped the ship with Microsoft's Tag application, and maybe you're still not quite happy with the Barcode Scanner from the ZXing Team -- don't worry, AT&T has thrown its hat in the ring, announcing its own Code Scanner. The scanner will allow AT&T customers to scan 2D (QR and datamatrix codes) and 1D (UPC and EAN) 

In addition to basic scanning, the app has the ability to make your own barcodes. Visiting will ask you to register. Once registered, you can start making those secret barcodes you've always dreamed of (why, however, is another qusetion). Just don't send anything stupid like, "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." I'm pretty sure your friends would get mad at you.

Finally, AT&T is also offering a business solution for its partners. It will allow buisnesses to "create, manage and measure mobile barcodes campaign experiences for their customers." According to the press release, a recent consumer survey is claiming that 80 percent of respondents are interested in scanning barcodes with their phones. Are you part of this 80 percent? And if so, did you really need another scanner app? Let us know in the comments section. [AT&T]

Another screenshot and download links after the break.



Reader comments

AT&T now has own barcode scanner


From your phone, click on the "Market link for mobile browsers" or scan the QR code and it will take you to the app in the market.

I mainly scan barcodes to (a) add things to Grocery IQ and (b) to do price comparisons when I'm looking at a product in a store. I've often found I'm looking at the best price. I've also found better prices on things on-line or at a store down the road, although sometimes the difference is so small that it doesn't make sense to drive or pay for the shipping, so I head to the check-out with my items.

I find it ironic, however, that this article has a QR code that you'd have to scan to get to a scanner app. If you have scanner software that'll read the QR code

am i the only one who sees the irony of scanning a barcode to download a barcode scanning app? :)

..and not liking the ZXing barcode scanner? B L A S P H E M Y !

Yeah, i use google goggles for general barcode scanning and google shopper for comparison shopping. But it would be nice to see this ship with AT&T devices for those less in the know.