BBM5 now introduces the possibility to scan QR Code barcodes. They did so in a way that allows URL codes to be scanned and opened in the browser.
This tutorial will show you how to create a QR code to include on business cards or other to easily share contact information.
- Create your vCard file using Outlook, using an online service such as vCardMaker (Note, vCardMaker gives you text at the end, simply paste in a text file and save to a file with the .vcf extension) or use the following template below to create your own file (copy and paste in a text file using notepad, and save the file with the .vcf extension. Editable files are delimited by < >. Some fields repeat themselves, they do for a reason. If they have the same name, they should hold the same value. If you do not want to use a field, leave it empty and delete the line.).
Code:BEGIN:VCARD VERSION:2.1 FN:<BBIgnored, FriendlyName> N:<Last>;<First>;;<Title>; X-SALUTATION:<Title> ORG:<Company> TITLE:<Job Title> TEL;TYPE=WORK:<Work Phone> TEL;TYPE=WORK:<Work Phone 2> TEL;TYPE=HOME:<Home Phone> TEL;TYPE=HOME:<Home Phone 2> TEL;TYPE=CELL:<Mobile> TEL;TYPE=PAGER:<Pager> TEL;TYPE=FAX:<Work Fax> TEL;TYPE=X-RIMPIN:<BB Pin> X-Other #:<Other Phone> EMAIL;TYPE=PREF;TYPE=INTERNET:<First Email> EMAIL;TYPE=INTERNET:<Second Email> EMAIL;TYPE=INTERNET:<Third Email> ADR;TYPE=WORK:;<Work Address 2>;<Work Address 1>;<Work City>;<Work State>;<Work Zip>;<Work Country> ADR;TYPE=HOME:;<Home Address 2>;<Home Address 1>;<Home City>;<Home State>;<Home Zip>;<Home Country> X-Home Address1:<Home Address 1> X-Home Address2:<Home Address 2> X-Home City:<Home City> X-Home State/Prov:<Home State> X-Home ZIP/Postal Code:<Home Zip> X-Home Country:<Home Country> X-URL:<Web Page> URL:<Web Page> URL;TYPE=HOME:<Web Page> URL;TYPE=WORK:<Web Page> X-User1:<User 1> X-User2:<User 2> X-User3:<User 3> X-User4:<User 4> NOTE:<Notes> END:VCARD
- Upload it on your website (use drop.io service or similar if you don't have one).
- Use a QR Code generator in URL mode, paste in your URL, generate the code.
- Scan and test away!
There is also a free service which allows to do that. Viscards.com will generate and host your vCard, as well as create your QR Code. But I rather have control over my information.
The end result looks like that. Go ahead and scan it using BBM!
Disclamer: The vCard Barcode above is one randomly found on the net and is not me.