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Best iPhone SE deals for August 2021

iPhone SE deals
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iPhone SE deals are easy to find these days. Retailers from AT&T to Verizon are offering discounts on Apple's budget smartphone, which can be had for next to nothing. Currently, you'll find the best iPhone SE deals at wireless carriers. Many are offering the iPhone SE for free when you meet certain requirements.

Verizon, for instance, is offering the iPhone SE for free when you add a new line and open a new Unlimited plan. Even the top-of-the-line 256GB model is on sale for just $10 per month. It's one of the best iPhone SE deals you can get right now. And we expect iPhone SE deals to get even better as the month progresses. Not only is the iPhone SE an excellent cheap iPhone, but it's also an excellent smartphone for students on a budget. 

Today's best iPhone SE deals at a glance

Back to school and iPhone SE deals 

Students will soon be heading back to school. That means retailers are already focusing on back to school sales. When it comes to iPhones, few models offer the value packed inside the iPhone SE. As one of Apple's least-expensive phones, we expect to see an influx of back to school discounts on the iPhone SE. Expect more carriers to offer it for free with trade-in or when switching to a new provider. Make sure to follow our back to school guide for the best iPhone SE deals of the day.  

Best iPhone SE deals from carriers

iPhone SE 2020 (64GB): free w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon is offering one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen. 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 iPhone SE deals could expire any time, so get them before they're gone. View Deal

iPhone SE w/ 4GB data: $30/month @ Mint
Mint Mobile is offering the iPhone SE bundled with 4GB of data per month for just $30/month over a 24-month span. That's one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen from Mint, which operates on T-Mobile's network. You'll wind up paying just $15/month for the iPhone SE and $15/month for the 4GB/data per month. By comparison, other mobile carriers will charge you up to $60/month just for a data plan. View Deal

iPhone SE: $17/month + $50 Mastercard + Nimble charger @ Visible
Verizon-owned carrier Visible has the iPhone SE on sale for $17/month. Plus, you'll get a free $50 prepaid Mastercard and a Nimble fast-charging bundle when you join Visible. That's one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen. You'll pay just $40/month for unlimited data, talk, and text on Visible. View Deal

iPhone SE 2020: was $399 now $5/month @ AT&T
AT&T gives you multiple ways to save on the iPhone SE. Right now, you can buy the phone via monthly installments (30 months) for just $5/month. That's just $150 over the course of your agreement. However, you can also get the iPhone SE for free with an eligible trade-in. Alternatively, AT&T has the 128GB iPhone SE for free (but stock is coming in and out, so it's worth checking back later). View Deal

iPhone SE 2020: $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.View Deal

Best iPhone SE deals from retailers

iPhone SE 2020 (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. View Deal

iPhone SE 2020: 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.View Deal

iPhone SE: was $399 now $199 @ Walmart
If you'd rather find a different carrier for your iPhone SE, Walmart lets you save if you activate with either AT&T or Verizon. Opt for the AT&T-tied phone and you'll pay $6.63 a month for 30 months — or $199 overall. Activate at Verizon, and you'll pay $12.46 for 24 months — a $299 price.View Deal

Best iPhone SE deals with prepaid carriers

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.View Deal

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.View Deal

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.View Deal

iPhone SE deals at the Apple Store

iPhone SE 2020 deals

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As a reminder, the iPhone SE 2020 costs $399 for the 64GB model, $449 for the 128GB model, and $549 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 toward the purchase of your new iPhone SE 2020. 

The iPhone SE 2020 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 found in the newer iPhone 12 models. (Also make sure to follow our iPhone 12 deals coverage for sales on Apple's premium 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. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching 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.