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iPhone SE Black Friday deals — best sales right now

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Get Apple's budget phone for even less with the help of the best iPhone SE Black Friday deals. The phone isn't too expensive to begin with, but with these deals, you'll pay a lot less, or even nothing at all.

We've been seeing plenty of excellent offers for Apple's 2020 handset all week. For some of the deals, you can actually get the phone for free, such as with Verizon or Cricket, as long as you fulfill certain conditions. Other deals offer alternative incentives, like Visible's $100 gift card. 

We're just a few days out from the start of official Black Friday deals, but there are great iPhone SE deals you can get now. So we're rounding up the best offers here along with what you can expect. 

Top iPhone SE Black Friday deals today

iPhone SE deals

iPhone SE Black Friday deals

iPhone SE: $15/month @ Mint

iPhone SE: $15/month @ Mint
Mint Mobile is offering the iPhone SE for $15/month over a 24-month span. That's $360 or $40 less than what Apple charges. An additional $15 per month for the plan gets you 4GB of data. Want unlimited data? The phone plus the plan is just $45 monthly. By comparison, other carriers charge up to $60/month just for data alone. 

iPhone SE: from $16/month + $100 gift card + free Beats Studio Buds @ Visible

iPhone SE: from $16/month + $100 gift card + free Beats Studio Buds @ Visible
Verizon-owned carrier Visible has the iPhone SE (128GB) on sale for $18/month. Plus, you'll get a free $100 prepaid gift card of your choice and a pair of Beats Studio Buds when you join Visible. Select gift card options include Amazon, Best Buy, Sephora, Hotels.com, a prepaid Mastercard, and more. 

iPhone SE (64GB): free w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon

iPhone SE (64GB): free w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon is offering one of the best deals we've seen on the iPhone SE. Get a free iPhone SE when you add a new line and Unlimited plan. If you need more storage, you'll pay $5/month for the 128GB model or $10/month for the 256GB model. These deals could expire any time, so get them before they're gone. 

iPhone SE: 50% off w/ new line @ T-Mobile

iPhone SE: 50% off w/ new line @ T-Mobile
When you buy an iPhone SE at T-Mobile, you have the chance to knock 50% off the price. You'll need to open a new line of data with the carrier and buy your phone on an installment plan. Your discount will appear as bill credits over 24 months.

iPhone SE (64GB, unlocked): from $395 @ Walmart

iPhone SE (64GB, unlocked): from $395 @ Walmart
This discount is only $5 off, but it's the cheapest way to get a box-fresh, unlocked iPhone SE right now. The white model's the cheapest one, but the black version only costs a few extra dollars.

iPhone SE (locked): was $249 now $199 @ Walmart

iPhone SE (locked): was $249 now $199 @ Walmart
This SE handset is locked to Walmart Family Mobile, but it is a much bigger discount if you're looking for a cell plan at the same time.

iPhone SE (64GB): free with $60/month plan @ Cricket

iPhone SE (64GB): free with $60/month plan @ Cricket
If you set up a new line with a sufficiently high monthly payment, you can get the base iPhone SE model (in any of the three colors) for free. 

iPhone SE: $50 Apple gift card with purchase @ Apple

iPhone SE: $50 Apple gift card with purchase @ Apple
Now Black Friday is here, Apple will give you $50 back in the form of a gift card if you buy an iPhone SE from its own store.

iPhone SE Black Friday deals — what to expect

iPhone SE 2020 review

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In case you're not fully familiar with it, the iPhone SE is the same shape as the iPhone 8, with a large top bezel and a physical home button, rather than a Face ID notch and gesture controls like modern flagship iPhones. However, Apple has upgraded the internals to make it a more powerful and up-to-date phone.

The iPhone SE features an A13 Bionic processor, which may not match the A15 Bionic found in the iPhone 13 lineup, but still outperforms many top Android handsets. The iPhone SE also features a single rear camera, which is aided by the neural engine on the A13 chip to produce some of the best photos we've seen from a budget phone.

The cheapest iPhone SE Black Friday deals will usually be found on the base 64GB model. That's a pretty meager amount of storage these days, so we expect to see aggressive deals on the higher capacity 128GB and 256GB models as well. The iPhone SE comes in three colors — black, white and Product Red. 

Keep in mind that many iPhone SE discounts are already offering the phone for free now, so you don't necessarily have to wait till Black Friday to score a killer deal. 

FAQ

When will iPhone SE Black Friday deals begin in 2021?

Some deals have already long been live as retailers begin the run up to the busiest shopping days of the year. However there may be new and better deals on the way for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend inbetween. We'll be sure to update this page with the best we can find at the time.

Should I wait until Black Friday to buy an iPhone SE?

It's a good idea to be patient unless you need a new phone ASAP. Stock for the iPhone SE has remained pretty stable since it launched, unlike the flagship iPhones that have arrived at the same time period. If you like the look of a deal that's available now though, it may still be a good idea to grab it while you can, lest the offer change to something you don't quite like as much, or stock does end up running out.

Who has the best iPhone SE Black Friday deals?

For the time being, it's the carriers who have the edge when it comes to pure value. They're all offering great prices provided you don't mind setting up a new contract, plus choosing unlimited data package or trade-in in a few cases. If you need an unlocked phone, there isn't too much out there for you right now. We hope that changes soon though, and we'll make sure to update this page with the latest deals for both locked and unlocked iPhone SE handsets.

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, gaming, audio and whatever else people need advice on. He's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.