Worldwide Launch of Highest Capacity, Fingernail-Size Memory Card Includes U.S. Rollout in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for Full-Featured Mobile Phones
ORLANDO, Fla. and BASKING RIDGE, N.J.- From the CTIA WIRELESS 2007® show, Verizon Wireless and SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced a 4-gigabyte (GB)
microSD™ High Capacity (SDHC™) card will be available on May 1. The largest capacity of the world's smallest removable flash memory card, the 4GB microSDHC is designed to meet the growing demand for a new generation of multimedia-capable mobile phones.
Using the 4GB SanDisk microSDHC card with a V CAST-capable phone and V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless customers can store more than 2,000 digital songs for use on their LG VX9400 and VX8700 phones. For picture and video aficionados, the 4G microSDHC offers the capability to store more than 4,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 16 hours of MPEG 4 video.
The card will be sold with an adapter that fits into a standard-size SD™ slot of other devices and will be available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.
"The availability of SanDisk's high-capacity cards along with over 1.5 million songs in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music library lets customers get more out of their phone than ever before," said Patrick Bucci, director of accessory products for Verizon Wireless. "Our customers can now download many hours of music and still have room to store their pictures, video and other personal content on their phone."
"Content is driving the demand for higher capacity flash memory cards in mobile phones," said Jeff Kost, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Consumer Solutions division at SanDisk. "The availability of large-capacity cards such as the 4GB SanDisk microSDHC card offers handset manufacturers and mobile network operators the freedom and flexibility to offer rich media services for their customers who increasingly see their phone as their camera, video player, gaming system, GPS navigation tool and music player."
The microSD card format uses the latest advancements in flash memory technology to deliver the smallest memory card in the world. Measuring about one-fourth the size of a standard SD card, the fingernail-size microSD card provides high-performance and expanded memory capacity for mobile phones using SanDisk's TransFlash™ card slot or any new devices that are marked as microSD slots.
SDHC is the new designation for any microSD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification that is required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 2 Rating specification which defines a minimum sustained transfer speed for SDHC cards.
The 4GB SanDisk microSDHC will be available for $129.99 at Verizon Wireless on May 1. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products, using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.
SanDisk's product and executive images can be downloaded from www.sandisk.com/corporate/media.asp.
SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. TransFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. SD, microSD and SDHC are trademarks. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder (s).
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¹ 1megabyte (MB) equals 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) equals 1 billion bytes.
² Approximations based on 4 minute songs at 64 kbps mp3 (songs); compressed JPEG images on 4 MP camera (pictures); and 8 hours of Super Fine MPEG 4 video (320x240, 1MB/sec. video). Actual numbers may vary.
³The 4GB SanDisk microSDHC card is rated Class 2, a guaranteed minimum data-transfer rate of 2MB/sec. This rate is guaranteed based on the conditional access method specified by SD physical specifications.
Brenda Boyd Raney