It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I ain't no fan of cell phones as barcode scanners. Methinks it's a "solution" chasing a non-problem. I always ask myself "does my mother need [fill in the blank]?" 9 times outta 10 the answer is no.
So things get interesting when one thinks through the potential implications of patents & licensing being thrown into the mix.
I still say if this is a legitimate niche (as in profitable) there'd be two, maybe three dominent players by now. It would resemble a mature market instead of nerds playing with their toys.
In other words, tell my why I'm gonna give up my new Sidekick 3 for a barcode scanning cellie. Heck, I've been selling barcode software for almost 18 years and I still don't have a scanner in my own home.