Monday, September 20, 2010

Mobile Phone Memory

Don't you just hate those "No Memory" messages right when you are about to receive a most critical file?

With Multimedia features in your mobile phone, you have the opportunity of listening to music, clicking pictures, creating videos and even downloading films into your mobile. So where does all this stuff go?

Your cell phone is constantly hungry for memory as you store more and more of your world within it. Images, games, applications, wallpapers, themes, music and even text messages take up space in your mobile. So depending on your phone’s capacity and your usage preferences, it’s important to maintain enough storage memory in your mobile.

Your Accord Mobile has a camera, video recording, sound recording, MP3 player, and a phonebook and diary all built into it. You can also surf the internet on it, which means that it will keep a record of the pages that you have visited. All this requires memory.

Your mobile phone has two types of memories - Internal and External. It’s important to understand the difference between the two and know what's going where within your phone.

Internal Memory

Your phone’s internal memory comes within the handset. This is extremely essential for your phone to carry out the simplest of actions. When you receive text messages or other files into your phone (through Bluetooth or otherwise), these automatically get stored within the internal memory.

Some ringtones, wallpapers, themes etc come as part of your mobile’s software. These are always stored within your mobile’s internal memory and often cannot be moved or deleted. In other words, they are part and parcel of your internal memory and will occupy that space no matter what.

So your best bet is to control those which can be moved or deleted in the internal memory to ensure that you always have enough space to work with.

Keep your phone’s internal memory clean by getting rid of all the unwanted messages and data within it or by moving it to the external memory.

External Memory

The external memory in your mobile is quite flexible. It comes in the form of a chip which can hold files to a particular capacity. There are a variety of chips with different capacities available in the market. But it’s important to know which type and what capacity can your mobile handle or recognise.

Most Accord Mobiles give you the flexibility of adding external memory of up to 4 GB. Accord Mobiles recognise Micro-SD microchips; the most common and reliable chips available in the market. It’s also one of the cheapest. You can get a 4GB Micro-SD card in the market for about Rs.600.

In general, the rule to follow when buying storage for your mobile phone is the more the better. It is always better to have more storage and not need it than to need it and not have it. Over a period of time as you use your phone for various purposes, you will also need more storage for the pictures you click, videos you create, music you listen to and even the reminders, birthdays, notes etc which you store in your calendar.

An average MP3 file takes up around 4MB of space depending on the length and quality of the recording, so a 4GB memory card can hold around 1000 songs, that’s as good as a Nano. Music would normally be transferred to your mobile from your PC. When you plug in your mobile to a PC, you will be able to open the external memory as a folder in the PC and directly copy and paste music, image or video files into the memory.

If you take a lot of videos, the storage will fill up more quickly. So once again, keep enough memory in your phone depending on your usage. The actual size of a video file will vary with the length of the film. Short video clips of the sort that you may normally watch on a phone are generally around the same size as a music file, so bear this in mind.

You can store thousands of pictures in your mobile phone’s external, even when clicking at the best resolution. But keep in mind that there are other files that will also take up space in your mobile.

The pictures and videos you create with your Accord Mobile camera get stored directly into your external memory. So you don’t have to worry about the internal memory getting eaten up as you click away.

One thing to consider though is to regularly back up all your images and videos and other important files from your Accord mobile onto your PC or an online storage service like Flicker where you know that they will be safe. There is nothing worse than having your phone stolen and losing all your important photos inside it.

Your mobile also has a specialised phone book memory. Accord gives you phone book memory to store up to 500 contacts!

In addition to that, most SIM cards come with an internal memory where you can store an additional 250 contacts or sometimes more. The contacts are stored in simple 'Name and number' pairs. Entries containing multiple phone numbers and additional information will usually not be stored on the SIM card. If you try to copy such entries to a SIM, your mobile’s software will break them up into multiple entries and all additional information will be deleted. Most SIM cards even store a number of SMS messages.

It is advisable to store all your important contacts within your SIM card. In case you decide to upgrade your phone, all your important contacts will be within your reach instantly when you insert your SIM into the new phone. At least till you can transfer the rest of your phone book into your new mobile.


· Make sure you note down which type of external memory and till what capacity is supported by your mobile and buy an external memory chip accordingly. Most Accord Mobiles support Micro-SD chips of up to 4 GB.

· Install the card. Once you have the correct memory card in hand, turn off your phone and insert the card. Your Accord Mobile user manual clearly shows where the external memory chip can be inserted and how to place it. When you turn the phone back on, the phone will recognize the card that has been installed.

· Start storing. Some ringtones, wallpapers, graphics etc stay connected to your internal memory. But all the music, videos, pictures etc which you add to your mobile can be stored directly to this external memory chip. Download from the internet to the external memory or connect to your PC and transfer.

· Make sure to back up. You can use your external memory chip to store hundreds of pictures and songs and other applications but remember to back up these files regularly to your PC or external hard disks so that you never lose them!


Mobile phone recycling has become crucial in today’s environment. We encourage everyone to give in their old phones for recycling. But before giving your phone away, for recycling or otherwise, it is important to ensure that you remove all personal information and files from the mobile.

If you have stored some contacts in your SIM card, start by taking the card out. Remember that your call history will be saved in call logs and there will be other information such notes and memos. All this will reside in the phone's internal memory. You should delete all of this.

There are also reset commands available in your Accord Mobile. Just one click will remove and delete all your personal information. It is still always advisable to recheck all information, in address book, call logs, and other data stores of your phone to ensure that it’s all gone.

If you can’t find the reset commands, that’s what the User Manual is for. Open your Accord Mobile’s user manual and you can easily locate the reset commands for your every need. If you have misplaced your user manual, don’t fret. Log on to and you can download the specific user manual for your Accord Mobile for free!

1 comment:

  1. Nice article!
    If only I could suggests, keep the posts short.