No SD card swapping on Windows Phone 7

No SD card swapping on Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 officially launched yesterday, and there are already some interesting tidbits surfacing about it. This latest one is that users will not be able to switch out the SD card that is preloaded in and of the devices without it affecting the phones performance.

The Samsung Focus was shown to have an SD card slot, something that wasn’t expected to be found in the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices. The kicker is that this SD card is actually modified to be recognized as the phones internal memory. If the card is removed, then there will be consequences. In fact, here is the warning straight from Microsoft:

You should not remove the SD card in your phone or replace it with a new one because your Windows Phone won’t work properly. Existing data on the phone may be lost, and that SD card can’t be used in other devices or Windows Phones.

So for those of you planning to hot-swap your fully loaded SD card into one of these Windows Phone 7 devices, you may want to think twice. What are all of your thoughts on this? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Microsoft via Into Mobile

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14 Comments

1. Rane718

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 05, 2010

WTF!

7. j unregistered

WTF AGAIN !

2. ibap

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What kind of cr*p is this? Why put one in there at all? So you can't take out the one in there, copy it to a larger one and reinsert it? What kind of trap have they put into this, or is it just bogus? I was beginning to consider the Pro that Sprint is supposed to be getting, but not if they're pulling this kind of shenanigan. More Microsoft skullduggery.

5. WP7Fan unregistered

Kinda surprised people didnt know this as its been talked about ever since microsoft announced it at MIX10. But anyways the purpose of this is the keep the phone from becoming "cluttered" from other non-approve microsoft apps. The fact is Samsung is cool cause it was thought they you wouldnt even have an option AT ALL!!! but with this method you can just basically "Hard Reset" Your device and instead of a 16gig samsung focuse you can use a 32 gig card and have a 40 gig samsung focus. Its tricking the OS to think thats the built in memory which is better then nothing.

3. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I would be disappointed if this were true, but after I thought about it, there really isn't any data I have on my current card that I cannot transfer to the new phone using the services available for syncing... This will not stop me from purchasing a WP7 phone.

4. LOL unregistered

Jaja as expected from M$, after the phones are released to the market someone will be able to override this bull$hit and be capable to swap SD cards like a normal phone.

6. XxVerbalxX unregistered

was is anyone surprised that windows mobile 7 sux? face fact: windows mobile= worst OS in wireless no matter what they try

9. XxVerbalxX unregistered

-1 all you want its still 100% true

8. skulbonz unregistered

Another loss for WP7. I'm not an Iphone fanboy either. I bought the HD2 when it first came out and it was a big fail. Sold it 2 months later. I have a lot of great content on my SD card now and would like to transfer it to whatever phone I buy. Not just have to stick with one SD card.

10. vehicle Hughes unregistered

The cards shipped with the phones really are super high quality, I didn't beleieve it either until I ran some tests on one of them vs a standard p.o.s. card off newegg Plus this design decision means you won't have to beg every app author to support moving the app to the sd card

11. Delijack unregistered

I have been running my Nokia N900 with 64Gb since December 2009, now MS entirely new OS is launched on products with a pathetic 16Gb (in some cases 8...lol) of non-expandable memory and to make matters worse, you'll be locked to a provider for 2 full years....2 years w/o the ability to upgrade?? What were they thinking?? Such a disappointment, was looking forward to the Windows Phone 7.... 16Gb will not even cover my standard set of music that I currently have, not to mention the 10-15 movies I like to have when I travel.....it's almost 2011 for Pete's sake, 8-16Gb of non-upgradeable memory, are they for real??

12. Also Know This unregistered

Currently MS is looking for someone to make MicroSoft Windows Mobile Phone 7 sd cards, currently cards one may want to use with the platform, say you want a bigger card and are willing to go through a master clear on the phone to have it, end results may vary or not work at all, MS is on the hunt for micro sdhc manufactures to get some cards out that will work with MSWMP7 reliably. I wonder, who comes up with a phone with as much potential as MSWMP7, then decides to cripple it to the point that it can not contend with the current competitions offerings?

13. Daniel unregistered

Hi, I do not care about swappable card. But these phones are mostly available only with 8GB storage. I would have prefered the SD card slot, add the 32GB card and reset the phone to take over the card. this way I could really use the Zune connectivity and have enough storage for my music and video podcasts.

14. guruSUPERmaster unregistered

That makes no godamn sense nhe. No 7 for me.

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