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Jan 20 2012   2:49PM GMT

Removable Memory Cards Are Remarkably Cheap

Ed Hardy Ed Hardy Profile: Ed Hardy

If you have a smartphone that has a low-capacity microSD card, you should seriously consider getting a bigger one. This is a cheap and easy way to upgrade your device. 

Most Android, BlackBerry, and webOS handsets include a microSD memory card reader. If you bought an inexpensive model, or got one a year or so ago, this card probably doesn’t have a very high capacity — maybe 4GB, 2GB, or even less. Some models come with a slot and no card at all.

SanDisk 32 GB microSD Memory CardThe card in this slot is where you store your music, video, image, ebook, and document files.  If you increase its capacity, then you can start carrying around a lot more songs, movies, etc. Your smartphone can become much more fun and useful, too. 

Deals, Deals, Deals
The good news is prices for high-capacity microSD cards have dropped… a lot. Big cards are now available at low prices. 

Just a few minutes on one online store turned up two great options: Amazon has a SanDisk 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC card, with a USB card reader, for $9.99. If that deal is gone by the time you read this, the regular price is $14.10.

If you want more, how about a SanDisk 32GB microSDHC card for only $30.41. That’s a lot of storage for not a lot of money.

I’m sure if you do a bit of looking around, you can find some even better deals.

Not for Everyone
Sadly, not every smartphone has a removable memory card slot. Most notably, Apple doesn’t put them in the iPhone. Microsoft hasn’t built support for them into Windows Phone. Even the recent Android “Nexus” models from Samsung lack memory card slots.

Still, users of a large majority of Androids from companies like HTC and Motorola, as well as every BlackBerry I can think of, can get themselves a larger memory card and enjoy the benefits.

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