BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 exciting new feature – Built in QR Code reader


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The leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 has loads of upgrades and the entire UI has been updated to provide the optimum user experience in mobile device with added features and functionality.

Below is the summary of features found in Leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

  • PIN barcode scanning – rather than find your PIN and reading or sending it, you can scan a barcode to get the PIN. Option to share/ save barcode image
  • Backup/Restore Messenger contacts to microSD card or device memory
  • Avatar support — set your own avatar using the camera or saved photo on your device. You can sync them to your address book too
  • Better “send file” options and set conversation subjects
  • GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can see your location
  • Home screen support — you can pin/sticky the actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access
  • Location and time zone options, different chat styles
  • Save message history on your media card or device (none, 25, 50 or 100 updates)

Exciting Built in QR Code reader

I am sure you will be amazed to see how easy, convenient and exciting it is to add add other PIN to your BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 via scanning barcode (QR Code), If you haven’t tried it or do not have BBM 5.0, check out this video.

You can use the same QR Code reader to not only scan other BBM PINs but you can use it to do multiple things.

For. e.g. dialing phone numbers, entering website urls, downloading wallpapers, downloading OTA apps/ themes, sending predefined emails/ SMS.

Dialing phone numbers with QR Code
How about calling T-Mobile tech support number by scanning QR Code?

T-Mobile Tech Support # 1-877-453-1304

Let’s try calling Rogers BlackBerry Tech-support Number.

Rogers Tech Support # 1-866-931-DATA

Browsing – typing Website URL - URL

Let’s try BlackBerry Tune – RSS Feed BlackBerry Tune- RSS Feed

Downloading Wallpapers

This free wallpaper is optimized for BlackBerry Bold. You may use it for other models. Check out more free BlackBerry Wallpapers.
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Wallpaper optimized for BlackBerry Tour and Curve – 8900

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Downloading OTA Apps



Visit BBFileScout Home Page for more info about this free BlackBerry app


Download OTA Themes

Precision Zen 16 Icons BlackBerry Storm theme

Visit Storm Skins for more BlackBerry themes

precision zen16 theme

Sending Text Messages

1-555-123-6789 # God bless America
BBM does recognize this image as QR Code but not able to associate it as a SMS Text – Phone Number and associated application while I was testing it.

Other alternatives to BBM 5.0 as QR Code reader

Well, actually BlackBerry Messenger is IM client not QR Code reader as such and to use it as QR Code reader, you have to go to BBM, press Menu, select add contact and select scan invitation bar code # 4 clicks to get there, which is not convenient. Let’s hope in released version of BBM, there is a way to get shortcut icon on home screen for that.


NeoReader is a mobile application that turns a camera mobile phone into a code scanner and provides one-click access to mobile content on the go, anytime and anywhere. Neo Reader does recognize all QR codes and associated mobile apps because it is Code Reader. The last SMS QR code was recognized correctly by NeoReader. NeoReader can read lot many other codes like to purchase product, map location, ad promotion, product information etc etc.. the way QR code technology is designed and works.

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Download NeoReader
Load this link into your BlackBerry browser to download –


The above post summarize how the integrated excellent QR code reader in leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 can do to make lot many things convenient and easy. The best part in BBM is the way camera auto focuses the QR code, detects it and if the code is not proper displays the error message. You do not have to click the QR code and wait for it to detect. The other features are actually the QR code technology itself which is very promising and will revolutionize many many things in days to come.

What’s Next

QR Code News – Blog with more resources on QR code news, photos and happenings. If you want the latest scoop on this technology, read this blog. Check it out!

QR code photos – Check out the pics tagged with QR Code on Flickr to see these babies in action

YouTube Video: Me On BBC Click QR Code (2 years old video but interesting # Embedding is disabled by YouTube and it will open in new window)

So what do you think – Do you see QR codes cluttering everywhere on BlackBerry content delivery websites sooner or later?

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34 Comments & Trackbacks
  1. Ronen

    Very good post..It’s working for all Codes except SMS..

  2. J_Jam

    Wow..its very easy to scan it instead of typing URL.

  3. Tel_Sa

    Very interesting..If this rolls out with official release in BBM, then I see more 3rd party apps. coming with this flavor..

  4. Meta01

    Very interesting Video, had never seen these things before. That was the huge QR code for 28 weeks later..

  5. Ellen53

    Where is the Video?

  6. andreaaakayx3

    Look at the bottom in “What’s Next”..opens in YouTube.. 🙂

  7. Rob

    The BBM QR reader will also respond to a message by opening a new blank email addressed to the embedded address.

    Tried it on a hunch.

  8. Steven

    The neoreader crashes quite a lot and private data is needed. Check out the Beetagg QR Reader at

    It’s much faster and more robust.

  9. John

    I’m new to this QR CODE and I see alot of value in it. I created a PHP QR CODE gen, right now my BB can only process URLs how can I get it to scan PHONE NUMBERS, what text / tags is the phone number wrapped with so that the BB can scan and process it?

    • Mike

      I think you’ll have to search for QR code secs or how they’re generated irrespective of it’s for BlackBerry or other mobile devices. I do not have much knowledge about the QR code technology as such.

  10. Pam Ardolino

    My husband & I both have a Blackberry 9330 and we just downloaded and it works great. No problems downloading, simple and easy to use!

  11. Niki

    Built in QR Code reader is really an exciting thing.but where is the vedio?

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