KC Lemson

By KC Lemson [MS]

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If you're trying to buy a mini-SD online, be very cautious

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This week I purchased an Audiovox SMT 5600[1] aka C500 and switched my cell phone service from T-Mobile to AT&T Wireless in order to get this phone, as I have been waiting for this combination of features and form factor in a smartphone for 2 years.

I was excited to try out synching some TV content between WMP 10 and my Media Center PC at home, so I ordered this 512MB Mobile Mini Secure Digital Card from ECost.com. I wanted to be very careful that I got a mini-SD and not an SD, but as you can see, the title of the item clearly says Mini. The description says it's compatible with SD slots, but that is to be expected as most mini-SDs sell sleeves so they also fit into SD slots.

I paid extra for quick saturday-delivery shipping and when it arrived this morning, I opened it only to see... a 512MB secure digital card. It doesn't even look like the picture on ecost's site - there's no "Mini" on the SD card itself.

If you look at epmemory.com, you will not see the same picture on ecost that has 'mini' on the card itself. But in the title of their main page, it appears that their line of products is all called 'mobile mini', they have "mobile mini" compact flashes for example.

I called ECost to get an RMA so I could return it, and the customer representative told me she knew exactly what the problem was, so I assume that I am not the only one who's made this mistake. So I'm out the money I paid for shipping it to me, as well as the money I'll pay to ship it back to ecost. Lesson learned.

I also called a few brick and mortars in my area this morning to see if they had any. One of them told me that oh yes, they had a 1 gigabyte mini-SD card for $109. "Mini? You're sure it's mini?" I asked. I was assured that it was. Somehow, I don't think so.

So if anyone else is in the same situation and looking for a mini-SD, be cautious that you're getting what you want. I'm heading out to Fry's later today, they have 256mb Sandisk mini-SDs in stock, I'll just have to cool my heels until 512s and 1gbs are available locally.

[1] Thus far, I highly recommend it. Especially if you're a new customer and work for a company that has an arrangement with AT&T, I got the phone for a very reasonable price.

[Update 10/18: Toshiba 512 MB Mini-SD for $109. Thanks, Steve!]

Comments
  • Thanks I almost did the same thing!

    I was also thinking about hitting Fry's in Renton today...

  • Don't bother - they don't have either the 128 or 256 mini, just got back from there.

  • Amazon.com appear to have a 256MB mini SD (SanDisk) at $38.99. Search for 'mini sd'.

    I'm not sure why they picked mini SD - Nokia's 6230 is about the same size although a bit thicker but features a full size MMC slot. Admittedly the 6230 doesn't appear to be multitasking.

  • I bought an Audiovox 5600 yesterday as an upgrade fromm my Motorola smart phone. I have found that a great place to buy mobile products and accessories is http://mobileplanet.com, I have purchased from there dozens of times and never once have had a problem. Their web site is shows availability of the SD mini cards by SanDisk at http://www.mobileplanet.com/listing.asp?cat%5Fid=106&cat%5Fname=Memory+%26+Storage&pdept%5Fid=900021&dept%5Fid=1446&dept%5Fname=SecureDigital+%28SD%29+%26+MultiMedia+%28MMC%29.

  • The 256mb (and 128) minisd sandisk can be found on many sites (I ordered one from bhphotovideo.com earlier today) but I haven't seen any 512 mini-SDs anywhere. I got the 256 and I'll wait a while for larger capacity ones to be available, 30 minutes of TV takes up 60mb :-)

    Thanks for the pointer to mobileplanet, never heard of it before.

  • OK -- KC. I usually have sympathy for you, but not here. I told you where to get them and told you that they would be around $100 give or take $10. ;)

  • You told me where to find a 512+ mini-SD online? Are you sure? And the 256s are wayyyy below $100. If you find me a 512 or 1gb mini-SD online for under $110.01, I will um, let you borrow it for a day? :-)

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  • I'm thinking about getting this phone. The feature that interests me the most is the wirless syncing with Exchange. Have you had any luck with that yet?

  • Exchange activesync works great.

  • What about a Remote Desktop client?

  • Guys - Smartphone supports only up to 256MB. So do not bother looking form 512MB or 1GB

  • Interesting! I did not know that. Bummer though.

  • Smartphones (and for sure the C500) DO support 512MB.

    I've been using one for a couple of months and it's been great so far. I'm hoping to be able to try a 1GB soon and from what I've heard there isn't any problem using these either.

  • There was a rumor/specsheet that the AT&T would only have support for 256MiniSD, but many people have reported that "specsheet" to be wrong.

    The Motorola MPx220 (BestBuys only for another 20-30 days) spec sheet showed 512 support.

    It may have less to do with the OS support/size, and more to do with vendor bundled app's and services.

    As vendors start providing online backup, 256 over GPRS starts looking extream.