Instructions to Let Treo 650 Owners Claim a Free 128 MB SD Card

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When palmOne’s latest smartphone, the Treo 650, began arriving in users’ hands, they noticed a problem: it couldn’t hold as many applications and files as they expected.

This is the result of the way palmOne’s latest devices allocate memory. palmOne is working on a way to make this more efficient, but in the mean time is offering users of this device a free 128 MB SD card.

In order to request this card, users need to visit a page on the palmOne web site and type in their serial and ID numbers. The page gives instructions on where to find these.

Shipping is free, and palmOne says the cards are expected to ship within 1 to 2 weeks.

The Technical Details

Previous Palm OS models were very efficient about storing data. If, for example, a database entry was only 14 bytes long, it only took up 14 bytes of memory.

Treo 650 However, on the Treo 650, the minimum size for such an entry is 512 bytes. This means that the 14-byte entry will take up a full 512 bytes of the Treo 650’s memory.

The effect of this is to expand the amount of memory just about every application will require. Tests from users have found that many applications require 25 to 35 percent more memory on a Treo 650 than they do on a Treo 600.

palmOne has promised to develop a system upgrade that will make this model store files much more efficiently.

Because this will certainly take several months, palmOne will give all Treo 650 owners who ask for it a free 128 MB SD card.

The full text of palmOne’s response can be found in the Brighthand Forums.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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