Mobile Wednesday with Mario: Playbook, QR Codes and 4G Hype?

Welcome to our weekly Mobile Wednesdays with Mario column, featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business from Mario Armstrong and

4G, Hot or just Hype?

“4G” is hot these days. Ads tout it, customers want it, carriers push it. In fact, cellular carriers everywhere are going long on ‘4G’ (aka LTE, WiMAX or the newly knighted HSPA+) with buckets of new devices branded ‘4G’ flooding the market. Savvy consumers want to know: does 4G actually provide better nationwide coverage? Or, is it just a catchy marketing buzzword? Read more here.

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet is Announced – Small Business Ready?

The BlackBerry PlayBook boasts some serious power with its 1GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB of internal ram, and the nicest multitasking functionality around. The PlayBook will have out-of-the-box BlackBerry Enterprise Server capabilities so your company’s IT department can lock down the device for corporate use. Outside of that, it will depend on the mobile app developers to support the PlayBook with some serious productivity apps to make this the “go-to” device for the small business crowd. Read more…

Add Analytics To Business Cards with QR Code

Adding a QR Code to your business card that allows people to scan the code with their smartphone camera and a QR Code reader app is genius. The ability to track actual scans and manage multiple QR Code contacts is on a another level entirely. This free service from GetContact.Info allows users to create an online profile using their contact information. Read the rest on


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  • Chris Branden

    Yes, we’ve long been a fan of QR Codes and using them on business cards is great. In fact I would integrate them into your entire marketing strategy. They are the Holy Grail of static image marketing.

    Chris Branden
    QReative Studios

  • Jon Bell

    I have been using QR Codes to market my brand and I have been very pleased. I am really pleased with the QR Codes created at