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Best cheap iPhone deals in September 2022

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iPhone deals are currently in season. From the iPhone SE to the new iPhone 14 Pro Max, we're seeing some of the best cheap iPhone deals ever. We expect deals will remain cheap, especially now that iPhone 14 preorders are live. 

Currently, one of our favorite iPhone deals comes courtesy of Verizon. The retailer is offering multiple iPhone 14 models for free (opens in new tab) when you trade in an old phone and sign up for an eligible 5G unlimited plan. 

Meanwhile, AT&T is taking up to $1,000 off all iPhone 14 models (opens in new tab) when you trade-in your old phone and with qualifying unlimited plans. That's one of the best iPhone deals you'll find right now. (For more deals on Apple gear, read our guide to the best Apple Store coupons this week).

Today's best iPhone deals at a glance

Not sure which iPhone is right for you? Be sure to check out our best iPhones guide to help you decide. Otherwise, here are the best cheap iPhone deals you can get right now from carriers and retailers. Also, check out our coverage of the best cell phone deals and best AT&T phone deals.

Best iPhone deals right now

iPhone 14

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iPhone 14: up $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon is offering up to $1,000 off any iPhone 14 when you trade-in your old phone and with select 5G unlimited plans. Plus, if you're switching from a competing carrier you'll get a $200 eGift card. 

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iPhone 14: free w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
New and existing AT&T members can pick up an iPhone 14 for free after trade-in. You'll need to be signed up to one of AT&T's qualifying unlimited plans to get this deal. 

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iPhone 14: $400 off @ Xfinity Mobile (opens in new tab)
New and existing Xfinity Mobile customers can take $400 off any iPhone 14 now through October 6. New customers must activate a new Xfinity Mobile line within 30 days of purchase, whereas existing customers just need to upgrade one of their existing lines to receive the discount.

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iPhone 14: free $200 gift card + AirPods 3 @ Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible has one of the sweetest deals we've seen on Apple's new iPhone 14. Purchase any iPhone 14 device and you'll get a $200 gift card and the Apple AirPods 3 ($179 value) for free. This Visible deal is valid on any iPhone 14 model. 

iPhone 13

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iPhone 13: up to $800 off @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy is taking up to $800 off the iPhone 13 Pro when you trade-in your old phone and activate your new phone on select carriers. For instance, activate on Verizon or AT&T to get up to $800 off, or activate on T-Mobile for up to $415 off. 

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iPhone 13: free w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon has multiple iPhone deals for new and existing customers. Trade-in your old phone and open a new unlimited data plan and you'll get up to $800 off your new iPhone. This deal is valid on multiple iPhones including the iPhone SE and the entire iPhone 13 family. Plus, you'll get an extra $200 credit if you switch from a competing carrier. 

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iPhone 13: up to $700 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is offering new and existing customers up to $700 off any iPhone 13 purchase after an eligible trade-in. You'll need to purchase your phone via a monthly installment plan and you'll also need to sign up for an unlimited data plan. As part of the sale, you can get the iPhone 13 mini for free with trade-in. 

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iPhone 13: up to $200 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
Verizon-owned Visible is offering iPhone deals on Apple's latest smartphones. Simply purchase an eligible iPhone, port your number to Visible, and you'll receive up to a $200 prepaid gift card for free. This deal is valid on the iPhone SE 2020 through the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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iPhone 13 mini: free w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon is offering the iPhone 13 mini for free with trade-in and any unlimited plan. Verizon will even accept old or damaged phones as your trade-in. 

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Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile is offering one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from any carrier. Purchase any 6-month data plan at Mint Mobile and you'll get 6 additional months for free. For instance, Mint Mobile's unlimited plan is $30/month. Buy 6 months ($180 total) and you'll get an extra 6 months for free (you'll wind up with 12 months total). All Mint Mobile phones are eligible for this sale, including the entire iPhone 13 lineup, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and more. 

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Visible 15-day trial: free @ Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible is creating a free trial where you can use Visible as your phone provider for 15 days. Best of all, you don't even have to give up using your current phone. Under Visible's free trial program, the carrier will hand out trial phone numbers to potential customers who have an eligible device and sign up on Visible's website. That way, you can continue to use your existing phone and its assigned phone number alongside Visible's trial phone number.

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Mint Mobile: free $20 gift card when you switch @ Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile is offering a free $20 gift card when you switch from Verizon or AT&T. You'll need to enter coupon code "GIFTCARD20" during the checkout process. Mint Mobile plans start at $15/month for 4GB/month of 5G data or $30/month for unlimited 5G data. Coupon expires September 15. 

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iPhone 13: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
The Magenta network is taking up to $1,000 off any iPhone 13 model when you trade-in your old phone and sign up for T-Mobile's Magenta Max plan. Magenta Max starts at $57/month and includes unlimited premium data (so you won't be throttled based on your usage). 

iPhone SE

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iPhone SE (2022): $5/month w/ unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is offering Apple's iPhone SE (2022) for just $5/month (on a 36-month installment plan) with no trade-in required. However, you'll need to be signed up to one of AT&T's eligible unlimited plans. The iPhone SE (2022) is powered by Apple's A15 Bionic chip, which is the same CPU powering the iPhone 13 line. Other new features include 5G connectivity and up to 15-hour battery life. Otherwise, it keeps the same 4.7-inch Retina HD display (1334 x 750), Touch ID support, 12MP wide/rear camera, and 7MP FaceTime camera. 

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iPhone SE (2022): free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon is offering an epic iPhone deal right now. New and existing members can get the iPhone SE 2022 for free when you open a new unlimited line. (No trade-in is required). That's a savings of $429. 

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iPhone SE (2022): free $200 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
Visible is offering one of the best iPhone deals we've ever seen. For a limited time, the Verizon-owned network is offering a $200 gift card with the purchase of any iPhone SE 2022. Eligible gift card options include Amazon, Best Buy, Lowe's, Mastercard, and more. 

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iPhone SE (2022): from $209 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy is offering the new iPhone SE from $209 with trade-in and activation on select carriers. For a limited time, the retailer is offering an extra $100 in savings when you trade-in an old phone. For instance, activate on T-Mobile and you'll pay just $209 with trade-in. 

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iPhone SE 2022: $379 @ Cricket (opens in new tab)
Cricket Wireless is offering the new iPhone SE 2022 for $379. The phone features Apple's A15 Bionic chip, which is the same CPU powering the iPhone 13 line. Other new features include 5G connectivity and up to 15-hour battery life. You also get a 4.7-inch Retina HD display (1334 x 750), Touch ID support, 12MP wide/rear camera, and 7MP FaceTime camera. 

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iPhone SE (2022): up to $197 off @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The ultimate iPhone SE deal is here. Walmart is taking up to $197 off preorders of the news iPhone SE 2022. The offer is valid with purchase and activation on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. An installment plan is required with the carrier.

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iPhone SE (2022): up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
Get the new iPhone SE 2022 for as little as $30 at T-Mobile. The carrier is taking up to $400 off Apple's iPhone SE 2022 when you trade-in your old phone. Alternatively, you'll get 50% off the iPhone SE 2022 when you open a new line. 

iPhone 12

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iPhone 12: free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon has a variety of iPhone 12 deals for thrifty shoppers. For instance, you can get the iPhone 12 for free when you open a new line and sign up for any unlimited data plan. This deal is available online only. Plus, you'll get a $200 credit if you switch from a competing carrier. 

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iPhone 12: 50% off w/ unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T is offering major discounts on the iPhone 12 family. Currently, new and existing AT&T subscribers can get 50% off the iPhone 12 when you open an eligible unlimited data plan. It's one of the best iPhone deals from AT&T and we especially like it because these iPhone deals apply to new and current members and no trade-in is required. 

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iPhone 12 Pro Max: was $1,099 now $799 @ Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
Get it before it's gone! Apple has nixed the iPhone 12 Pro Max from its lineup, but Boost Mobile has it on sale. The iPhone 12 Pro Max delivers the best cameras on any phone. Plus, you get a stellar display and unbeatable performance. Boost Mobile is taking $300 off its price and offering it at an all-time price low of $799. The phone features a 6.7-inch Super Retina OLED display, 5G connectivity, Dolby Vision HDR video, three rear cameras, A14 Bionic CPU, and a LiDAR scanner for night mode portraits. 

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iPhone 12: up to $830 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
50% off family plans: Purchase any iPhone 12, open a new line, and trade-in your old device to get up to $830 off your new iPhone. The promo is valid on any T-Mobile plan, which makes this one of the best iPhone deals we've seen. Plus, T-Mobile is taking up to 50% off family plans. This includes its Essentials, Magenta, and Magenta Max lines. 

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iPhone 12: free $150 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
Verizon-owned carrier Visible has some epic iPhone deals. Currently, purchase any iPhone 12 via Visible and you'll get a free $150 gift card. This deal applies to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini. 

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iPhone 12 mini Purple: $0/month w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
iPhone deals are now available for Apple's new iPhone 12 mini purple. New and existing customers can get the iPhone 12 mini purple for free with trade-in of an old phone and the opening of a new Unlimited plan. That's the best offer we've seen for Apple's newest phone. 

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iPhone 12: up to $500 off w/ trade-in @ Apple Store (opens in new tab)
The Apple Store is offering credits of up to $500 when you purchase a new iPhone 12 and trade-in your old phone. A Galaxy S10 would get you up to $180 in Apple credits, whereas an iPhone XS would get you up to $300 in Apple credits. The credits can be used for your iPhone 12 purchase. 

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iPhone 12 mini w/ unlimited data: $60/month @ Mint (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile is offering the iPhone 12 mini bundled with unlimited 5G data for $60/month over a 24-month span. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from Mint (or any carrier). You'll wind up paying $30/month for the iPhone 12 mini and $30/month for unlimited 5G data. By comparison, other carriers can charge upwards of $60/month just for 5G data alone. Mint Mobile operates on T-Mobile's network.

iPhone 11

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iPhone 11: free  w/ Unlimited @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Best cheap iPhone deal: The Editor's Choice iPhone 11 packs a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display (1792 x 828), Apple's A13 Bionic CPU, and dual 12MP ultra wide and wide cameras. (Unlike the "Pro" models it lacks the third rear lens). It also features a 11:16-hour battery life. Add an Unlimited line to your account and you'll get the iPhone 11 for free at Verizon. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen for Apple's former flagship. 

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iPhone 11: $299 w/ two months payment @ Cricket (opens in new tab)
Cricket Wireless has the iPhone 11 on sale for $299 when you pay for two months of the Cricket $60/month plan. You must port your number to get this deal. It's one of the best cheap iPhone deals we've see from Cricket. 

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iPhone 11: $10/month w/ Unlimited @ AT&T (opens in new tab)
Get the iPhone 11 for as little as $10/month when you open a new Unlimited line at AT&T. This deal applies to new or existing members. No trade-in is required. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from AT&T. 

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iPhone 11: free w/ 2 new lines @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)
At T-Mobile, activate two new lines and you'll get a free iPhone 11. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from T-Mobile, albeit on Apple's last-gen smartphone. Nevertheless, the iPhone 11 is still a powerful phone and an excellent option for Apple fans that are strapped for cash. 

iPhone XR

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Refurb iPhone XR: free w/ new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
The iPhone XR has officially been cut from Apple's lineup, so any iPhone deals on this phone should be dirt cheap as retailers try to sell their remaining stock. Currently, when you port a new line into Verizon, you'll get a refurbished iPhone XR for free. That's $349 off and one of the best cheap iPhone deals we've seen. 

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Refurb iPhone XR: was $349 now $249 @ Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
Boost still has stock of the iPhone XR. It's offering a refurbished iPhone XR for just $249, which is $100 off its normal price. 

Refurb iPhones

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Refurb iPhone: from $639 @ Apple Store (opens in new tab)
The Apple Store is an excellent place to shop for refurb iPhones. We recommend Apple's refurbs because they're backed by the same one-year Apple warranty that new products receive. Currently, the Apple Store only has iPhone XS and iPhone 11 refurbs. These iPhone deals start from $639. 

iPhone Accessories

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Otterbox iPhone cases: up to 55% off @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon is taking up to 55% off select Otterbox iPhone cases. After discount, prices start as low as $18. (Otterbox cases normally cost twice that amount). Otterbox makes durable cases for all models of the iPhone. The sale includes cases or the iPhone 12, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, and more. 

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Spigen Crystal Flex Case for iPhone 12 mini: was $14 now $7 @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
iPhone deals aren't limited to just phones. Verizon is taking 50% off the Spigen Crystal Flex Case for the iPhone 12 mini. The case features a slight raise that keeps the camera off flat surfaces to protect the lenses. You also get drop protection on all-four corners, which shields your phone from everyday accidents. The case is also wireless charging compatible, so you don't have to remove it to charge your phone.

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Case-Mate iPhone cases: up to 50% off @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has a wide range of iPhone cases on sale at up to 50% off. After discount, prices start as low as $21. It's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen on these Case-Mate accessories. 

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ZAGG iPhone screen protectors: up to 50% off @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Amazon is taking up to 50% off select ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protecters. After discount, prices start as low as $19. ZAGG makes screen protectors for all models of the iPhone and guards your screen from nicks and scratches. 

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Incipio Duo Case iPhone 12: was $29 now $20 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Incipio makes a range of cases for the iPhone. The Duo Case (for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro) can protect your iPhone from drops as high as 12 feet. Its raised-edge bezel also protects your screen from accidental cracks. The case is compatible with MagSafe and wireless charging, which makes it one of the best iPhone deals available if you're on the prowl for a new case. 

Tips on finding the best iPhone deals

  • Start with mobile carriers: Mobile carriers tend to offer the best iPhone deals. There is one catch — in order to get their best deals, you'll have to switch to their service. In some instances, you may also have to sign up for an unlimited plan. 
  • Trade-in your old phone for credit: If you have an older phone to trade in, many carriers will give you a generous credit that could range from $100 to as high as $1,000 off. As a result, it pays to keep your smartphone's cables, box, and accessories in good condition so you can get the most from your trade-in. 
  • Check out MVNOs: Short for mobile virtual network operator, MVNOs operate on the infrastructure of existing networks. For instance, Verizon-owned Visible works on Verizon's network, whereas Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile's. MVNOs offer less costly plans than their bigger counterparts. In some instances, there are some trade-off such as less readily available customer support or slightly slower data speeds. 
  • Don't be afraid of refurbs: Apple offers some of the best refurbs in the industry. They refurbish their iPhone to look like new and we especially like the company's refurbs because they're all backed by the same 1-year warranty you'd get with a new Apple device. 
  • Wait for the new models (if you can): If Apple follows its traditional keynote timeframe, the iPhone 13 will likely to be unveiled sometime in September. Rumors indicate the new phone could have an always-on display, larger battery, faster A15 Bionic chip, and dynamic 120Hz display (on the Pro models). The launch of the new phone will likely bring about a price drop in the iPhone 12 family. If you can, we recommend waiting until Apple's September keynote before buying a new iPhone. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.