New with Blackberry Instant Messenger (BBIM) 5.0 is the ability to add contacts by scanning a barcode which BBIM can emit through the “my profile” feature.
It’s a cool feature, but I was obviously curious what was being sent.
The barcode is a QR Barcode, a two dimension barcode and ISO standard. You can read all about them online.
Using the Barcode Reader for .NET library, I scanned mine in. Here’s what I found
First, we’ve got a BBIM identifier, “bbm”.
Followed by my PIN,”x07x8cce” (I’ve replaced a few characters).
The third set, “7b313673” I have not yet identified but it does differ between barcodes. I’ll update this post when I find out.
At the end is my display name (not your name, I’ve verified this with some other barcodes), “Steven Berkovitz”