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Best iPhone SE deals for January 2022

iPhone SE deals
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iPhone SE deals are starting to dry up. Retailers like AT&T and Verizon are no longer offering stock of Apple's budget smartphone. Plus, with iPhone SE 3 rumors stealing the spotlight, iPhone SE deals have taken the backseat. 

Fortunately, there are some iPhone SE deals you can still find. For instance, Mint Mobile is offering 3 free months of service when you purchase 3 months. The offer is valid on all iPhone models, including the iPhone SE. It's one of the best iPhone SE deals you can get right now. 

Today's best iPhone SE deals at a glance

Best iPhone SE deals from carriers

Mint Mobile: get 3 free months @ Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile: get 3 free months @ Mint Mobile
Mint Mobile is offering one of the best iPhone deals we've seen from any carrier. For a limited time, purchase any 3-month data plan at Mint Mobile and you'll get 3 additional months for free. For instance, Mint Mobile's unlimited plan is $30/month. Buy 3 months ($90 total) and you'll get an extra 3 months for free (6 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: free Beats Studio Buds + $100 gift card @ Visible

iPhone SE: free Beats Studio Buds + $100 gift card @ Visible
Verizon-owned Visible is offering epic iPhone SE deals just in time for the holidays. Simply purchase any iPhone SE, port your number to Visible, and customers will receive a free pair of Beats Studio Buds ($149 value). Plus, you'll also get a $100 prepaid gift card after you make your first three payments. 

iPhone SE: $199 w/ new line @ T-Mobile

iPhone SE: $199 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.

Best iPhone SE deals from retailers

Unlocked iPhone SE: was $399 now $395 @ Walmart

Unlocked iPhone SE: was $399 now $395 @ Walmart
If you'd rather find a different carrier for your iPhone SE, Walmart has the unlocked iPhone SE for $398. It's a modest $5 discount, but one of the few places with unlocked iPhone SE deals right now. 

iPhone SE (Straight Talk): was $349 now $249 @ Walmart

iPhone SE (Straight Talk): was $349 now $249 @ Walmart
Walmart is offering the iPhone SE with Straight Talk service for just $249. As far as iPhone SE deals go, $100 off is a solid bargain. 

iPhone SE: was $399 now $259 w/ trade-in @ Apple Store

iPhone SE: was $399 now $259 w/ trade-in @ Apple Store
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: was $299 now $49 @ US Cellular

iPhone SE 2020: was $299 now $49 @ US Cellular
Buy the iPhone SE on a 30-month installment plan, and you'll pay $1.63 a month. That totals out to $49, which is $249 less than what US Cellular charges when you pay for the device in full.

iPhone SE 2020: was $249 now $49 @ Cricket Wireless

iPhone SE 2020: was $249 now $49 @ Cricket Wireless
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 you can save $200 off the phone's regular $249 price at Cricket.

iPhone SE: was $399 now free @ Xfinity Mobile

iPhone SE: was $399 now free @ Xfinity Mobile
When you buy an iPhone SE at Xfinity, the carrier will give you the phone for free provided you activate a new line with Xfinity and bring over a phone number from another carrier. You'll get your credits for the free phone over 24 months.

iPhone SE deals at the Apple Store

iPhone SE 2020 deals

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As a reminder, the iPhone SE costs $399 for the 64GB model or $449 for the 128GB model. However, if you have an older iPhone you're willing to trade in, Apple will give you a trade-in credit toward the purchase of your iPhone SE. 

The iPhone SE houses an A13 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 new 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 13 review. (Also make sure to follow our iPhone 12 deals coverage for sales on Apple's other smartphones). 

Louis Ramirez

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.