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Thursday, December 9, 2010

How to Copy Pictures From Your Cell Phone to a Computer

Ever wonder if you can move pictures from your cell phone to a computer?  There's an inexpensive and easy way to do it.  Read on to find out how.

So your phone is full of great pictures that you'd love to send to Facebook, print, email or just to save them all in one place.  Or maybe your phone's built in memory is full and you can't save any more pictures to.  Rest assured there is an easy and inexpensive way to add more photo capacity to your phone and help move them to a PC.

Most phones have a slot for a MicroSD or MicroSDHC Memory Card that stores more photos, videos and music than the phone itself will hold.  Once you plug the memory card into your phone, it allows you to move your pictures from the phone's memory to the memory card.  Once the images are stored on the memory card, you can use a USB memory card reader to plug into a computer.  USB Memory Card Readers let you simply drag and drop a copy of your pictures from the memory card to a computer folder like any other computer file.  This also works with music and videos!

The most common MicroSDHC memory card costs less than
$10 for a 4GB card!  Other capacities include 8GB, 16GB & even 32GB.

Or opt for a 4GB MicroSDHC Card + Tiny USB Reader Combo for just a few dollars more.  This package lets you store over 1,500 photos on your phone and lets you easily copy them all to your computer in one sweep.  If you want

To verify which card is compatible with your phone, Contact Us or find your phone model in our Memory Configurator (Memory Finder Tool).  If your phone happens to record HD video, be sure to buy a Class 6 or Class 10 memory card.  These cards have faster performance required to record HD video onto them.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Muscle Car Wireless Mouse: The Ultimate Car Buff Gift

Gear-Heads will love these wireless mice in the form of their favorite muscle car.

If you know a car buff, make sure one of these get into their stocking this year.  These aren't just a detailed model of current muscle cars and exotic rides, they are also a fully functional wireless optical computer mouse! 

Choose several models representing your favorite car maker including the new Camaro, Mustang, GT40, Challenger, Corvette and Lamborghini.  Choose from several colors and there's even a Camaro modeled after the Highway Patrol.  The scroll wheel and headlights glow with internal lighting and you can turn the headlights on or off via a switch.

The are PC & Mac compatible and will surely be a hit.  Pick your favorite model and cruise the internet in style!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New NFL & NBA Team USB Flash Drives: The Perfect Holiday Gift

We have the perfect holiday gifts for NFL Football and NBA Basketball fans, just in time for the holidays!  See our new USB Flash Drives showcasing your favorite NFL or NBA team's colors. 


NFL Football fans will love the official NFL licensed USB Flash Drives featuring their team's colors, name and logo.  The capless design hides the retractable USB plug out of sight when not in use.  A heavy duty keyring makes it easy to keep track of and carry anywhere. 


NBA Fans are sure to love the NBA Team USB Flash Drives.  Each model is in the shape of an NBA basketball jersey featuring a popular players name and number on the jersey.  The innovative design uses the jersey shirt as the USB plug cap with an integrated keyring. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives, More Affordable Than Ever!


StoreJet 25M3
 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, and now more affordable than you might think!

If you're thinking of buying a USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive soon, consider buying the latest USB 3.0 model instead.  USB 3.0 drives work with the older USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports, but are up to ten times faster than USB 2.0.  Right now, that extra performance comes at a small cost over the older technology.

Transcend's 500GB USB 3.0 StoreJet Mobile 2.5-Inch 25M3 is on sale for only $78.95.  That's only $9 more than the equivalent USB 2.0 model.  See the Deal Here  This drive includes great features like a rugged, impact-resistant design, FREE push button auto-backup software, rubberized shell and a full 3-year warranty.

If 500GB isn't enough, opt for the 640GB StoreJet 25M3.  Either way, you'll get a durable backup and storage drive with amazing data transfer speeds and the best portable hard drive warranty in the industry.

This great price is a LIMITED TIME OFFER, so jump on this deal while it lasts!

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Seagate External Hard Drive Works with Mac & PC Interchangeably

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drives allow for multiple connection types and use with both a Mac and PC interchangeably  - going back and forth between the two - without reformatting the drive. 

Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex external drive hard drive allows you to store data from a PC and Mac interchangeably onto one single drive.  The flexibility doesn't stop there as Seagate offers optional cable adapters for connecting via USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 cable connections.  A USB 2.0 cable adapter cradle and cable are included, which displays the integrated capacity meter as well.  You may choose the optional adapters to upgrade your drive to a faster speed or for more versatility.

As if Mac/PC interchangeability and connection flexibility weren't enough, Seagate includes an Automatic Continuous Backup software that backs up your files real-time as you change them.  No more scheduled backup times needed, just use the easy Seagate Dashboard to manage backup options and view statistics!  Note:  Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine software.

CNET gave the FreeAgent GoFlex the esteemed CNET Editors Choice award in 2010.  See a video demo of the GoFlex family here:




The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (for desktop computers) comes in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities. 


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Keep Your Computer Running During Power Outages with a Battery Backup UPS

A Battery Backup UPS seamlessly switches to battery power during a power outage or spike, allowing your computer and other electronic devices to continue working while protecting them from damage.

Have you ever lost your hard work after a power outage or power spike shut off your computer?  Put an end to this issue with a Battery Backup / Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS).  These inexpensive power devices not only protect your computer from power outages, spikes and drops; they also store battery power to keep your system running until the power comes back on. 

There are many UPS models to choose from with varying battery run-times and AC plug-in receptacles to meet your specific needs.  Most come with at least 3 Surge-Only plugs and 3 Surge + Battery Backup plugs and enough power to run for a few minutes time.  The Surge + Battery Backup plugs allow for protecting and powering your computer and monitor during a power spike/outage, while the Surge-Only plugs protect devices like printers, phones and calculators that are not critically necessary for computer use.

Choosing the right model can be complicated, so here are some helpful tips:
  • UPS units are rated by Volt-Amps (VA) and Watts (W).  A 350VA to 500VA UPS will protect the average laptop or desktop computer for a couple of minutes, while more powerful computers/devices require a higher VA rated unit, such as a 750VA model.  The Watts rating varies between models.
  • Choose a model with enough Surge + Battery Backup plug receptacles to power your computer, monitor and any other low-powered device that's critical for your business or personal use
  • Do not plug your printer into the Battery-Backup plugs, as they draw too much power for the batteries to keep up with.  Instead, plug them into the Surge-Only plugs
  • Check the Run-Time ratings on each product to meet your needs. 
  • Run-Times are shown in Full-load or half-load ratings (in minutes) indicating the duration of time the UPS will power devices when they are drawing the maximum or half of the maximum wattage capacity.
  • Many UPS devices come with a free Auto-Shutdown software that can properly save your work and shut down your computer when the battery power is critically low.
UPS Battery Backups are universal power units and will power/protect any electrical device as long as it's power draw (in watts) is within the unit's capacity.  Check the Watts rating for the device before connecting to the UPS to see if it surpasses the unit Watts rating.  When in doubt, plug the device into the UPS's Surge+Battery plug, then unplug the UPS from the wall outlet (with both UPS and device powered on).  See how long, if at all, the device stays on under battery power.

Don't wait until you lose work or damage electronics due to power spikes or outages.  Invest in a UPS Battery Backup device to protect your valuable computer equipment and files from damage or loss.  The next time a power spike hits your office or home, you'll continue computing with a smile. 

Shop for Battery Backup / Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) at http://www.theupgradeplace.com/ to take advantage of discount prices.  Choose from trusted brands including APC, TrippLite and more.

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Dell Streak Tablet PC Takes on iPad with Exandable Memory

Dell introduces the Streak mini-tablet PC to compete with Apple's iPad. The Android OS and expandable MicroSDHC memory slot are sure to attract buyers.

The race is on to find the perfect recipe of a Tablet PC's size and features that will overcome Apple's iPad, and Dell is surely onto some winning combinations.  Dell introduced it's mini-tablet called Streak today (August 13th) as an unlikely competitor to the iPad. 

Despite it's smaller size, the Streak adds the open source Android OS, multi-touch screen capability and most importantly an expandable MicroSDHC slot!  That means not only can you download a gazillion apps, but you have limitless storage of music, photos, videos and movies across multiple MicroSDHC cards. 

The Dell Streak comes with a 16GB MicroSDHC memory card, and you can buy additional cards to store more data as needed.  You can add up to a massive 32GB capacity MicroSDHC memory card, allowing for up to 42 movies, 32,000 photos or 16,000 songs on just one memory card!  You could use one memory card for movies, one for music and one for photos, or keep one with your favorites of each.

The Upgrade Place carries top quality MicroSDHC Memory Cards for Dell Streak at discount prices that will save you up to 70% over your phone carrier's prices.  Most of our MicroSDHC cards carry a Lifetime Replacement Warranty and shipping starts at just $2.95.  MicroSDHC cards are also compatible with most mobile phones and Smart phones, so you can use them for more than one device.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Secure, Encrypted USB Flash Drives Now Fit Any Budget

Secure, encrypted USB Flash Drives used to be so expensive that only high-end businesses and governments could justify the cost.  That has all changed with a large variety of easy-to-use and ultra-secure USB Flash Drives that are sure to fit your needs and budget.  Whether you're carrying top-secret corporate data or just don't want your personal life exposed to the world, there's a secure flash drive built just for you.

Transcend offers the widest variety of high quality USB Flash Drives in the industry, all of which carry a LIFETIME WARRANTY for replacement!  Transcend's JetFlash encrypted USB flash drive line includes a Free software pack, JetFlash Elite, includes Encryption Software, Mobile Email & Web Favorites, Auto-Login, PC-to-USB Sync and more.  We carry eighteen different Transcend Flash Drive models to fit your every need with capacities up to 64GB. Transcend JetFlash USB Flash Drives start around $9.00 for 4GB

Kingston Technologies provides ultra-secure, Hardware Based Encryption on their DataTraveler line, ensuring the best in personal security. Kingston DataTraveler secure USB Flash Drives also feature a password wizard that helps you create a secure password easily. If ten consecutive incorrect login attempts are made, the flash drive reformats and deletes all data on the drive.  The user-friendly DataTraveler does not require Administrator or application installation rights, making it ideal for both personal and business use.  Most DataTraveler models top out at 32GB, however Kingston has released a 256GB USB Flash Drive, the largest USB Flash Drive on the market!  Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives start around $23 for 4GB.

Shop now for Transcend JetFlash or Kingston DataTraveler and get your Secure USB flash drive today.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 is Now Available - Learn About Memory Requirements

Microsoft Office 2010 was released for sale today, offering a range of usability collaboration/sharing improvements over the 2007 versions.  Although this version won't convince the average user to buy the upgrade, power users and those who own the 2003 or older versions may want to take a look at Office 2010's benefits. Read on for a brief overview and for details on system memory requirements.

The Office 2007 users will be excited to see the old, familiar "File" menu is back under the name Backstage.  Outlook users will see the most improvements with the Conversation View & Co-Authoring feature integrated with many of the Office applications.

Other new developments include a Mobile version for smart phones, and a new, free online version called Office Web Apps.  This version is a stripped down version that lets you open, view and edit office docs (on a basic level) without purchasing the paid version.  Most advanced features are not available in the Office Web Apps version, but all Office Web Apps can be used in conjunction with the paid version.  This comes in handy if you like to travel without a computer and use public computers a lot.

Microsoft kept the Office 2010 memory requirements the same as Office 2007, which were 256MB to 512MB minimum to run the Office applications.  However, as you may know, that is the bare minimum needed to simply run Office (likely at a slow pace).  We recommend a minimum of 1GB of memory dedicated to Office, on top of the operating system.  So if you run Windows 7, which requires a minimum of 2GB to run efficiently, you'll need 3GB of memory to run Office 2010 on Windows 7 while keeping your sanity.  This will give you acceptable performance that won't keep you waiting excessively for Office to catch up to you.

Need to upgrade your computer memory for Office 2010?  Find memory upgrades for your desktop or laptop using our Memory Configurator (Memory Finder Tool).

Office 2010 does require 3GB of hard disk space upon installation, that's 1GB more than Office 2007 and 2.6GB more needed than Office 2003.  Make sure you have enough space before ordering or installing.  If you need to upgrade your hard drive, request internal hard drive pricing here.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives are Here!

USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives: Up to 10 Times Faster than USB 2.0!

USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives are available now and boast up to 10 times the speed of USB 2.0.  They connect through any USB port and are compatible with older USB speeds.  Best of all, they are affordable and in-stock!

Introducing USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives, the newest USB advancement in years!  This long awaited upgrade is finally on the shelves and offers up an instant boost in transfer rates of up to 5Gb/sec, 10 timest that of USB 2.0. 

USB 3.0 uses the same USB cable as the previous versions (USB 2.0 & 1.1).  All USB 3.0 portable hard drives are compatible with older USB ports, but will operate at the USB port's maximum speed.  If your computer doesn't have USB 3.0 capable ports, you can add them using a USB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter Card for desktops or an ExpressCard/34 Card for laptops. 

Transcend's new StoreJet 25D3 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive offers 500GB or 640GB of storage in a sleek case.  This new model features a drive suspension system that protects the internal hard drive from accidental drops or impacts.  The LED activity light glows amber for USB 2.0 or blue for USB 3.0 and simply connects to any USB port.  It includes a FREE StoreJet Elite backup & utility software pack with an optional 256-bit AES data encryption setting.



Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Memory Cards, Batteries & Chargers For Today's Hottest Smart-Phones


Smartphones are quickly becoming the hottest gadgets in consumer & business markets alike.  Did you know you can get accessories and upgrades for your smartphone up to 75% cheaper than your phone carrier?  Read on to find out how!


Right after you decide on which Smartphone to buy, you ask....What do I need to go with it?  That's where we come in!  The Upgrade Place carries a variety of Flash Memory Cards and power accessories made specifically for today's hottest cell phones and smartphones (as well as other devices). 

Use our easy Memory Card Finder or Battery & Charger Finder tools and save 75% off Smartphone and Cell Phone accessories over your wireless carrier's prices!

Compare our prices to the Verizon Wireless prices below

Phone Model                    Our Price vs. Verizon's
Motorola Droid              
        16GB Memory Card        Ours $42 vs. $79.99   
        Car Charger                 Ours $7   vs. $29.99     
        Standard Battery          Ours $24 vs. $39.99

Blackberry Tour 9630    
        16GB Memory Card        Ours $42 vs. $79.99     
        Car Charger                 Ours $7   vs. $29.99     
        Standard Battery          Ours $15 vs. $39.99

Blackberry Storm 9530      
        16GB Memory Card        Ours $42 vs. $79.99     
         Car Charger                Ours $7   vs. $29.99     
         Standard Battery         Ours $15 vs. $39.99


All of our Batteries and Chargers are: 
  • 100% Compatible with Your Device
  • Guaranteed to Meet or Exceed Original Specs (ie battery run-time, etc.)
  • Quality Products with Full 1 Year Warranty (on most items)
  • Most Memory Cards carry a Lifetime Warranty for Replacement
Popular Smartphone brands we carry Memory and Power Accessories for:
  • Motorola
  • Blackberry
  • HTC
  • Samsung
  • Palm
 Use our Memory Finder or Battery/Charger Finder Tools below to find Smartphone accessories at discount prices.  We'll ship them right to your door and save you up to 75% off your wireless carrier's prices!

Find Memory Cards for Cell Phones, Smartphones, Digital Cameras & more.

Find Batteries, Chargers & Adapter Cables for Cell Phones, Smartphones,
PDAs, Laptops, Digital Cameras and more.

Need to speak with someone?  Call us at 1-800-338-1531 (Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 Central)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Transcend Flash Memory Cards Now Shipping in Eco-Friendly Packaging

Transcend, a leading manufacturer of computer memory and flash memory products is now shipping SD Flash Memory Cards in eco-friendly paperboard packaging.

This trend-setting move has a double benefit for both the environment and for buyers.  The paperboard packaging replaces the bulkier plastic "Bister Packs" these products previously shipped in and are starting to pop up in the retail market.

Transcend is starting with it's Secure Digital (SD) and Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) line of cards first.  The most obvious difference is they are doing away with the annoying and difficult to open clear-plastic packaging that required a power tool to open.  The Paperboard packaging is made from a very thin, yet rigid cardboard-like material, which is much thinner and lighter than the blister packaging. 

Outside of the obvious earth friendly change, a couple of great benefits have evolved.  The Paperboard packaging can often save on shipping costs when ordering in bulk since more can fit into a box and they weigh less.  Another benefit is they are much easier to open without requiring tools or injuring yourself.  Although the latter is simply a convenience, it's one everyone can relate to.

Transcend has begun changing over to this creative new packaging as their old packaging inventory sells.  So you might get a mix until the blister packs are consumed and paperboard packaging moves in.

Shop for Transcend Flash Memory Cards Now, or call us for assistance over the phone at 800-338-1531.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Solid State Disks (SSDs) vs Hard Drives: Five Reasons SSDs are Better

Are you wondering what the buzz about Solid State Disks (SSDs) is all about and whether they're right for you?  Read on to learn how SSDs are better than conventional hard drives and who should upgrade their desktop or laptop hard drive with an SSD.


Conventional hard drives are built using mechanical, moving parts that limit the computer's speed, consume excessive power and have delicate parts that break down or are easily damaged.  Solid State Disks offer better performance, consume less power and boast extreme reliability and durability...among other benefits.

For Example:  When you click to open a program like Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word, you often are waiting for the hard drive to find and retrieve the program while you wait for it to open.  The same thing happens when you start up your computer from a powered off state.  SSDs, however, have no moving parts to slow it down.  Instead, they are built using electronic memory chips that allow for much faster performance, lower power consumption, extreme reliability and durability...among other benefits.

Here are Five Reasons SSDs are better than Conventional Hard Drives

High Speed Transfer Rates:

SSDs provide up to 45% Faster Boot time for Windows XP and 67% faster application load time. That means less time waiting for your computer and more productivity. Transcend, a trusted manufacturer of quality SSDs, claims a laptop running Windows XP that starts up in 37 seconds with a mechanical hard drive will but as fast as 20 seconds using an SSD.  Although the speed varies with each SSD model and capacity, this gives you an idea of the difference you may experience.

Technically speaking, Transcend SSDs boast 0ms Latency and 0.2 ms Access Times for a more responsive experience.

Longer Battery Run-Time:
Transcend SSDs use up to 46% less power, allowing your laptop battery to last longer.

Resistant to Impact, Vibration & Extreme Environments:
SSDs are many times more resistant to damage caused by an impact (such as dropping your laptop) and vibration exposure. Transcend's SSDs can tolerate extreme environments due to a wider operating temperature range of around 32 - 158 degrees Fahrenheit (versus conventional hard drive range of 41 - 131 degrees Fahrenheit).

Cool & Quiet:
SSDs produce zero noise and vibration and run 20% cooler. Less heat means less energy is needed to for internal fans cool the system.  This allows for greater protection against damaging heat produced within the system. Since the fans run less, this extends the battery run-time even further.

Light-Weight:
SSDs weigh 50% less, lightening your laptop instantly.


Who Should Switch to SSDs?
Virtually anyone who wants to speed up their existing Desktop, Laptop or even Netbook computer would see benefits in switching to an SSD for their primary operating system drive.  SSDs come in various sizes and speed classes to fit just about any computer or need.  Transcend produces SSDs with various interface connector types, including IDE SSDs, SATA SSDs and mini-PCI-E and ZIF SSDs.  Transcend offers two speeds of SSDs, including the very affordable MLC and the faster performing SLC speed drives for each type.  For operating system installations, Transcend recommends the faster SLC SSD drives.

SSDs easily replace your desktop or laptop computer's hard drive and offer better performance and durability.  Most SSDs are built on the 2.5 inch size that is commonly used in full-size laptop computers.  Desktop PCs may require an optional, but inexpensive adapter bracket to fit the 2.5 inch SSDs into their standard 3.5 inch drive bays.  See the 2.5 to 3.5 inch Drive Bay Adapter Kits.

If you need help choosing the right SSD for you, Contact our SSD Upgrade Experts for assistance at 800-338-1531 or email us at sales@theupgradeplace.com.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Extend the Life of Your PC or Laptop with a Hard Drive Upgrade

Is your computer's hard drive full?  Upgrade with a larger hard drive and extend the life of your PC or laptop.

The most common reason for buying a new computer is the main hard drive storage area (most commonly the C: drive) is full of your "stuff" and won't let you save any more.  For those who aren't ready to splurge on a new computer, upgrading with a new, larger hard drive will solve this problem. 

There are two ways to do this, either replacing the existing drive and re-installing the operating system or adding a second drive as a "Storage-only" drive.  Most computers have only one hard drive that holds the Windows operating system and data (pictures, music, files, etc.) all in one place.  By adding a second, larger hard drive, you get to keep your operating system and instantly add a ton of new storage space with minimal effort.  Not all computers are set up for two hard drives (such as most laptops), so you'll need to make sure it has an open bay to hold the drive and an extra IDE or SATA cable connection on the IDE cable or motherboard.

If you want to replace your existing hard drive altogether, you can re-install windows and all other programs onto a larger new hard drive and basically start your computer over fresh.  This requires a lot more work and you'll need to transfer your old files and data to the new drive, but it can make your computer run like brand new again!

If you're not very tech savvy and like the quick and easy solutions, we recommend an External USB Hard Drive for backing up your important documents and data, or storing music, movies, pictures, etc.  These are very affordable, require little or no tech expertise and simply plug into a USB port for instant storage! 

Regardless of which route you take, you can easily add more storage for your growing collection of "stuff". 

Make sure that you don't keep all of your pictures, music or other precious irreplacables on one computer or hard drive!  All technology is prone to failure and WILL eventually stop working, taking all of your "stuff" with it!  Be safe rather than sorry and keep copies of everything in at least two computers or hard drives.

Get a Free Quote for a Hard Drive Upgrade Online , or Call us at 1-800-338-1531  (local 402-691-8248)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sony Cameras to Accept SDHC Memory Cards in 2010

Sony recently announced their 2010 lineup of Point & Shoot cameras will accpet both SDHC and Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards.
If you are in the market for a digital camera in 2010, you'll be pleased to know that Sony has finally come around to giving consumers the option of using SDHC flash memory cards.

Prior to 2010, all Sony digital cameras accepted only Sony's own brand and unique technology of memory cards, such as the Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo.  Since Sony's memory cards cost considerably more than the more universal Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards, turning many consumers away from purchasing a Sony camera.   

Choosing an SDHC memory card versus Sony's own card may cost us much as 50% less.  That leaves quite a bit of dough to spend on other must have accessories like an extra camera battery. 

The SDHC memory cards come in the most economical SDHC Class 2 speed and the faster SDHC Class 6 cards.  If your digital still camera records HD video, or can take Continuous" pictures (multiple shots within one or two seconds), you'll want the faster SDHC Class 6 cards for the best performance.  Both speeds come in capacities of up to 32GB, which allows for thousands of still photos or up to 8 hours of HD Video.

Sony's new lineup of digital cameras is due to hit the shelves in the end of Jan 2010.  Some of these models are available for purchase now while you may pre-order others at some online retailers, including Sony's own website SonyStyle.com. 

When you order your camera, be sure to buy your SDHC memory cards at www.TheUpgradePlace.com and take advantage of our HUGE savings and $2.95 memory card shipping rates!  Our 4GB SDHC cards start under $15, with 8GB cards under $20!

or Call us at 1-800-338-1531 today