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bCODE is a new SMS service that allows you to buy drinks for a friend via a SMS or text message. It's a pretty awesome idea, but there are some major flaws. First and foremost, the service costs a ton, for the consumer and the bar. Mainly because the bar has to install special scanning equipment. It also sucks for the consumer because you can't easily buy stangers a drink, you have to know the phone number of the person. So if you really want to send a drink to a stranger, you have to go get their cellphone number first, therefore eliminating the entire purpose of this system.

The bar is probably the only place in town that I can forget about all things tech and just drink myself stupidā€”the way it should be. Lets keep it that way.

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Scary Tech: bCode SMS Service Lets You Buy A Friend a Beer via Cell Phone [Real Tech News]