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About QR Codes

A QR Code (a.k.a. QRickit) is a square barcode that can be scanned using the camera of your smartphone or tablet. Since it is a free and open technology, anyone can make and use QR Codes for personal and business purposes.

By scanning a QRickit, a mobile user can instantly get data without having to call or text. The data can be a URL, a calendar event, text, or someone's contact info.

Everyday millions of people around the world use QRickits. The latest smartphones come with a QR Code reader already installed. Just open the camera and point it to the QR Code.

QR Codes are a convenient way to connect mobile users to online content, and to send text, email, calendar events, or contact info to someone else. Make QR Codes here to use with family, friends and business. There are many ways to use QRickits. Be QReative!

QRickit QR Codes

Did you know that QRickits have been BIG in Japan even before smartphones were available? You see them on almost everything—from softdrink cans and candy bar wrappers to posters, real estate signs, billboards, business cards, magazines, newspapers, and more. Well, this is not surprising since QRickit was born in Japan. (The QR Code was originally developed by a Japanese company, Denso Wave, in 1994 for inventory management in the automotive industry.)

Now, QR Codes are the most widely used barcodes for mobile phones in the world. Small, medium and large businesses like Google, McDonald's, Coca Cola, Best Buy, as well as individuals, students, parents, teachers, bands, real estate agents, and more have adopted QRickits. They have even appeared on the popular TV series CSI (watch video clip below). See more videos, photos, stories, news and ideas at the QRickit Blog.

QRickits are definitely helping people to obtain and transfer info as well as do a wide variety of things on their smartphones.

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Do the QR Codes created by QRickit have an expiration date or time limit?

No. The QR Codes generated using the QRickit QR Code Creators, QRickit API and QRickit Widget do not have time expirations or limits on them. The QRickit QR Code image is simply a graphical representation of whatever data you entered. A QR Code reader app installed on a handheld device (i.e. smartphone or tablet) is then used to scan and translate the image back to its original data. *QRickit does not modify your original data when generating QR Codes.

Some "QR Code" companies charge you a monthly fee to use their "QR Codes" although QR Codes are free to make and use forever! These companies are, in fact, charging you to use their own URLs and the tracking (statistics) of those URLs. They have so-called expiration dates because they want you to continue paying for your monthly plan. It is not the expiration of the QR Code, but the expiration of your monthly plan (and the URLs you are "renting"). These companies can be convenient, but all can be done easily and for free. See QR Code Tracking and the other resources at QRickit to learn more.

Can I change the QR Code later?

The QRickit QR Code image is simply a graphical representation of whatever data you entered. If your data changes then you need to create a new QR Code.

If your QR Code opens a URL, you can use auto-redirect or URL forwarding to open a different URL without having to change the QR Code. Another method is to use a URL shortening (i.e. URL forwarding) service such as Bitly, Tiny URL, etc. so if your URL changes your QR Code does not have to change..

FYI, here is the line of code you put in the <HEAD> section of your mobile web page to make it automatically redirect to another URL:
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="1;URL=http://the_url_you_want_to_redirect_to.com">

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QRickit also offers a free QR Code API so you can dynamically generate and display QR Codes on your website, blog, emails, or online application.

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