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  1. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    I remember hearing that the 8330 was supposed to have a memory upgrade (from the leaked pictures), but never heard this refuted until I just went on the Blackberry official site where they're pushing the 8330 on the main page. It says 64MB memory. I swear I just heard people talking about memory upgrades.

    Say it ain't so, RIM.

    (Sadly, the fat lady has sung...and it is fact =/ )
    04-14-08 11:30 PM
  2. avmsam's Avatar
    u might've read wrong. i just checked blackberry.com and the specs for the 8330 is 96mb.
    04-14-08 11:36 PM
  3. sunkast's Avatar
    avmsam, I emailed RIM about that, and they wrote back saying it's only 64mb...
    04-14-08 11:37 PM
  4. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    It says 64MB right on their page. I was quite depressed as I was set on getting a Pearl for quite some time, before realizing I really like the Curve and that the additional memory would come in handy.

    Meh. That 96MB would be lovely...
    04-14-08 11:42 PM
  5. Reed McLay's Avatar
    It can only be 64 Mb, that is dictated by the design of the ARM processor used by all current BlackBerrys.

    ARM architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The PXA900 has a 32 bit address bus. That would be sufficent to address 4 Gb of data, except, the top 6 bits are reserved for status flags. That leaves 26 bits for address space or 64Mb.

    That is the physical limit of BlackBerry memory.
    Last edited by Stoner; 04-15-08 at 10:51 AM.
    04-15-08 10:47 AM
  6. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    Thanks for that info.

    A bit depressing really. They should be putting at least a bit more memory in there. Without the ability to really put apps on the memory stick, you can fill up the memory quickly.
    04-15-08 03:28 PM
  7. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    Hmmm. Telus is reporting that it has 96MB flash memory. So conflicting reports. Are they reporting it wrong or does it really have that much? This doesn't make sense.

    You can see it here.
    04-15-08 11:31 PM
  8. tomvb2000's Avatar
    The Blackberry page said 64MB for the day it was announced. After that it was changed to 96MB.

    To believe 64MB, we'd have to say all the posted screenshots were photoshopped. I'm believing 96MB.
    04-15-08 11:36 PM
  9. tomvb2000's Avatar
    We have confirmation that a Bell 8330 has at least 83623936 Total Free (implies 96MB installed per spec sheet)
    04-16-08 09:58 AM
  10. pozi240's Avatar
    Yep, looking at my 8330 status page in options, its show over 84mb available for memory, so, I have NO idea where you guys get your info....never rely on 2nd or 3rd hand info, and as far as RIM's site is concerned, it is seriously lagging behind (I brought it to thier attention, and they are working on it). According to them, they 8330 hasn't even been released yet?? Funny, I've had mine for over a week, and both Canadian CDMA carriers have release theirs last week.... Also, its the first Curve with OS 4.3.X.X and other neat features.
    04-16-08 01:34 PM
  11. Reed McLay's Avatar
    I have an 8330 too here ya go, 83623936
    That is excellent news. I can only mean BlackBerry has developed and installed a memory manager and is now capable of paging blocks of memory.

    We faced similar restrictions with the 6502 used in the Apple II computer. 48 Kb was the maximum memory space available. Memory managers and expanded memory cards soon pushed the limits out to hundreds of Kb.
    This is really interesting and confirms BlackBerry has passed the 64Mb barrier.
    04-16-08 02:43 PM
  12. sunkast's Avatar
    What I'll be interested in seeing how many 8330 users have low memory issues.
    04-16-08 03:02 PM
  13. dslocumb's Avatar
    We all try to speculate and guess about these things... It never really pans out. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Things change on a dime.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    04-16-08 03:10 PM
  14. CTLAdvance's Avatar
    I heard that it has 96mb but that only 64 of it was allowed for use by the bb user. Meaning the other 32 is for system use. not sure if this is true or not.
    04-16-08 04:07 PM
  15. Reed McLay's Avatar
    I have checked the 8330 specs and they do state 96 Mb of Flash Memory still.

    All it takes is a bit of software and the BlackBerry can be expanded as required in future version.

    I have had some concerns with the memory imposed limits with Curve and Pearl. They are both near the wall in terms of available memory. Improvements will mean discarding some part of the software to add features.
    04-16-08 05:28 PM
  16. tomvb2000's Avatar
    It can only be 64 Mb, that is dictated by the design of the ARM processor used by all current BlackBerrys.

    ARM architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The PXA900 has a 32 bit address bus. That would be sufficent to address 4 Gb of data, except, the top 6 bits are reserved for status flags. That leaves 26 bits for address space or 64Mb.
    While this is true for some ARM processors, it doesn't have to be true for all. When Intel (now Marvell) designs something like the PXA900, they can configure the ARM bus interface to use all or some of the 32 bit bus for different purposes. That's why the 8330 can support 96MB or more - they are obviously using more than 26 bits.

    If you buy a pre-configured ARM processor, it may come with the 26/6 configuration in which case it *would* be limited to 64MB addressable memory.
    04-16-08 06:09 PM
  17. sose's Avatar
    I have a bell 8330 and there is 84mb
    04-16-08 10:28 PM
  18. xandrex#IM's Avatar
    Well that sounds good! I was really confused because at first I heard people saying 96MB. Then I went on the Blackberry page and it said 64MB. Then I was on Telus page (no clue why) and saw that it had 96MB. It was all quite confusing.

    Glad to hear there are 96MB. Maybe this will help with memory issues.
    04-17-08 03:53 PM
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