SanDisk Intros 16GB microSDHC Memory Cards; Which BlackBerry Will Support Them?
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
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).
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 v188.8.131.52, 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 4.2.0
Up to 2GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.2.1
Up to 4GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.2.2
Up to 4GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.3.0
Up to 8GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.5.0
Up to 8GB
BlackBerry Device Software 184.108.40.206 and Up
Up to 16GB
BlackBerry Device Software 4.6.0 and later
Up 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.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.