by Al Sacco

SanDisk Intros 16GB microSDHC Memory Cards; Which BlackBerry Will Support Them?

Sep 30, 20081 min
Data Center

This week SanDisk announced that it will soon begin shipping the largest capacity mobile device memory cards available to date, the 16GB microSDHC (high capacity) and the 16GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards. They’ll work in a variety of electronics, but if you want to use one in a BlackBerry, you better ensure the device is running the appropriate handheld operating system (OS).

SanDisk 16GB Memory Cards
SanDisk 16GB microSDHC and M2 Memory Cards

The new microSDHC and M2 cards, which are expected to go on sale exclusively at Best Buy Mobile shops in October and then Verizon Wireless retails stores the following month, will sell for $99.99 and $129.99, respectively. Unfortunately, the 16GB microSDHC memory cards only work in BlackBerry devices running handheld OS v4.5.0.81, according to RIM.

Here’s a quick breakdown of which BlackBerry OS supports what capacity memory cards:

Supported microSD Memory Card Sizes Based on BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS Version
Media Card Size Limit
BlackBerry Device Software 4.2.0Up to 2GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.2.1Up to 4GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.2.2Up to 4GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.3.0Up to 8GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.5.0Up to 8GB
BlackBerry Device Software and UpUp to 16GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.6.0 and laterUp to 32GB

The majority of new BlackBerry devices, except for the Bold 9000 and Pearl 8220 and Storm 95xx, run either BlackBerry handheld OS 4.2 or 4.3. BlackBerry OS v4.5 is not yet officially available from any U.S. carriers; however, a number of international carriers have released the software and beta versions have been bouncing around the Web for months. Both the Bold and Pearl 82xx run OS v4.6 and the Storm will run OS v.4.7.

For more on how to use microSD cards with a BlackBerry, read “BlackBerry How To: Insert, Format and Use microSD Memory Cards.”


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