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The following table shows the most relevant information about the main 2D barcodes and its pros and cons. If someone has extra information (technical, legal, etc…) or wants to point at any error we will be glad to update this post.

We also highly recommend reading this .pdf MC2 – Mobile Codes Consortium. Standards discussion.

QR-Code Datamatrix Shotcode EZCODE IR*
Si Si No No No
ISO certified SiISO/IEC 18004:2000 SiISO/IEC 16022:2000 No No No
Supported by MC2 Si Si No No No
Can be read and generated without a provider Si Si No No No
Can be read without internet access Si Si No No No
Embedable information URLTextSMSMail URLTextSMSMail URL URL URL
Coolness Si Si No No No

* Mobile Image Recognition. User captures an image which will be sent to a provider that will recognize, decode and send back the associated info.

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