Best iPhone SE deals in December 2022

iPhone SE 2022
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iPhone SE deals can be found across various retailers this month. The iPhone SE 2022 is one of the best budget phones you'll find and retailers from Verizon to the Apple Store have new deals at the ready. 

One of our favorite iPhone SE deals comes courtesy of Verizon. New and existing members can get an iPhone SE 2022 for free at Verizon (opens in new tab) with a new unlimited line. (No trade-in required). Likewise, Verizon-owned Visible is offering a $250 gift card for free with any iPhone SE 2022 purchase (opens in new tab). These are among the best iPhone SE deals you can get right now. 

Make sure to check out our iPad deals, iPhone VPN, and Apple coupons coverage more discounts on Apple devices.  

Today's best iPhone SE deals at a glance

Best iPhone SE 2022 deals 

iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2022: free w/ unlimited + new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Currently at Verizon, new and existing members can get a new iPhone SE 2022 for free when you open a new unlimited line. That's $429 off and one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen. No trade-in is required for this deal. This offer is coming in and out of stock. 

iPhone SE 2022: free $300 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2022: free $300 gift card @ Visible (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, Verizon-owned Visible is offering a free $300 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone SE 2022. It's one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen for this carrier. 

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile is offering one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen from any carrier. For a limited time, 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 (12 months total). The iPhone SE 2022 is eligible for this deal. 

iPhone SE 2022: up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile (opens in new tab)

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. 

Best iPhone SE (2020) deals from carriers

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)

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. For a limited time, 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 (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. 

iPhone SE 2020: $399 (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2020: $399 $29 @ Cricket (opens in new tab)
Cricket Wireless is offering the iPhone SE 2020 for just $29 when you pay for three months of Cricket's $60/month plan. You must open a new line and new account to be eligible for this iPhone SE deal. 

iPhone SE 2020: $11/month  w/ new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2020: $11/month  w/ new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
Open a new line of service with at Verizon and you'll get an iPhone SE for $11/month. Verizon only has the 64GB model in stock. Although you can get other iPhones for free with a new line, this iPhone SE deal doesn't require an unlimited plan or trade-in. 

Best iPhone SE deals from retailers

iPhone SE 2020 (Straight Talk): $249 (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2020 (Straight Talk): $249 $149 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Walmart is offering the iPhone SE with Straight Talk service for just $149. As far as iPhone SE deals go, this is a solid bargain. 

Unlocked iPhone SE 2022: $399 (opens in new tab)

Unlocked iPhone SE 2022: $399 $318 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you'd rather find a different carrier for your iPhone SE, Walmart has the unlocked iPhone SE for $318. It's a modest discount, but one of the few places with unlocked iPhone SE deals right now. 

iPhone SE: $399 (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE: $399 $259 w/ trade-in @ Apple Store (opens in new tab)
The Apple Store is offering up to $140 when you trade in your old phone as you buy the iPhone SE. The newer the phone, the better the discount. An iPhone 8 will get you that $140 discount while your original iPhone SE will knock $30 off the price.

Best iPhone SE deals with prepaid carriers

iPhone SE 2020: $249 (opens in new tab)

iPhone SE 2020: $249 $29 @ Cricket Wireless (opens in new tab)
Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless has returned the iPhone SE to its cheapest price, provided you bring your phone number over from another carrier. You'll also need to sign up for Cricket's $60/month unlimited data plan. Meet those conditions and the previous gen-iPhone SE is $29. 

iPhone SE deals at the Apple Store

iPhone SE 2022 back of phone

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As a reminder, the iPhone SE costs $429 for the 64GB model, $479 for the 128GB model, or $579 for the 256GB model. However, if you have an older iPhone you're willing to trade in, Apple will give you a trade-in credit (opens in new tab) toward the purchase of your iPhone SE. 

The iPhone SE houses an A15 Bionic chip, 4.7-inch Retina display, Touch ID sensor, and wireless charging. Although there's only one camera on the front and back, they get a boost from Apple's machine learning tricks to capture portraits. Face ID fans will also be bummed to learn that the 2022 iPhone SE doesn't support that feature. Despite those few limitations, it's still an excellent phone if you don't require
the cutting-edge horsepower we found in our iPhone 14 review. (Also make sure to follow our iPhone 13 deals coverage for sales on Apple's other smartphones). 

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.