Prepaid SIM cards

T-Mobile is quite reputable in the prepaid phone business in the USA, so their SIM activation kit for about $10 on Amazon is one I'd start with. There is no contract necessary, so you don't have to undergo a credit check. You just pay as you go.

Comparison of SSD and HDD deals on Amazon

For those who work with a lot of data, I recommend 1 to 2 TB as a good amount for storage. If your budget allows, I recommend SSD because it is much faster. However, HDD might work better for long-term, cold storage. Below are some options I found on Amazon.

2 TB 
The cheapest internal SSD with 2TB capacity I found are the SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND and the Crucial MX300, which both cost $550. Note that both options come with a limited 3‐year warranty or some usage cap (i.e. 500TBW).

However, if you prefer something with more name brand, consider the Samsung 850 EVO for about $700. This has a 5-year manufacturer's warranty. If you want something similar with a 10-year warranty, check out the Samsung 850 PRO for $870.

If this is going to break the bank, or if you need long-term, cold storage, consider Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 for only $70, which is covered by a 2-year warranty.


1 TB 
The cheapest internal SSD with 1TB capacity I found are the SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND and the Crucial MX300, which both cost $285.

However, if you prefer something with more name brand, consider the Samsung 850 EVO for about $335. This has a 5-year manufacturer's warranty. If you want something similar with a 10-year warranty, check out the Samsung 850 PRO for $410.

If this is going to break the bank, or if you need long-term, cold storage, consider Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 for only 58.


USB adapters
Even though it's an internal SSD, you can easily make it portable with a USB adapter. A popular StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5-inch SATA adapter is $12. For those with new MacBooks requiring USB C, you can buy a similar StarTech USB C to 2.5-inch SATA adapter for $20. Also, I would recommend the official Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter.

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