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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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. Rane718 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2010)


posted on 13 Oct 2010, 19:08

7. j (unregistered)


posted on 12 Oct 2010, 22:30

2. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 11:45

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.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 08:07

3. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 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.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 08:58

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.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 14:26

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

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 13:11

9. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

-1 all you want its still 100% true

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 19:14

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.

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 11:16

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

posted on 06 Nov 2010, 12:12

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??

posted on 14 Nov 2010, 12:48

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?

posted on 02 Dec 2010, 09:17

13. Daniel (unregistered)


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.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 06:39

14. guruSUPERmaster (unregistered)

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

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