I have been fairly adverse to installing barcode scanning software on my BlackBerry because they rarely do more than redirect you to a website, something you can already do with the barcode scanner built into BlackBerry Messenger or App World.  This, however, is not the case with ScanLife from ScanBuy.  The latest version of ScanLife has added coupons, local prices, and nutrition information all from directly within the app.

We’re happy to offer these new features that will extend the value of 1D barcodes and making the data that we can return more user friendly for shoppers, just in time for the holiday season,” said Mike Wehrs, CEO and president of Scanbuy. “Half our scans come from UPC codes and we are trying to give our users the best all around experience from any code they scan whether it is 1D or 2D like QR Codes or EZcodes.

New ScanLife features include:

  • Local prices via Milo.com. Scan the code to see what other local stores currently have the product in-stock and how the price at one compares to another down the block. Great for local price checks when doing last minute holiday shopping.
  • Digital coupons from Coupons.com. Scan a code from a product in your home or on the go to get relevant coupons from top manufacturers. Customers can scan a box of cereal or bottle of shampoo to find and print coupons for savings in the store. This is a useful new feature considering that over 30 percent of ScanLife traffic comes from everyday products like groceries and personal care.
  • Nutrition information via Food Essentials. Scan the code to see if there are specific allergens like gluten or peanuts in a specific food, or get other health information like calories and sugars. Food Essentials has built the database over the last six years by collecting food label data and manually parsing the individual ingredients.

ScanLife is a free BlackBerry download and you can pick it up OTA by heading to www.getscanlife.com from your device.