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Best cheap iPhone deals in May 2022

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iPhone deals are currently in season. From the iPhone 13 to the new iPhone SE (2022), we're seeing some of the best cheap iPhone deals ever. 

Currently, one of our favorite iPhone deals comes courtesy of AT&T. The mobile carrier is taking up to $700 off all iPhone 13 models when you trade-in your old phone and buy your iPhone 13 with an unlimited plan. (The iPhone 13 mini is free via this promo with no trade-in required). Not to be outdone, Verizon is offering a up to $800 off the iPhone 13 Pro with trade-in and any unlimited plan. That's one of the best iPhone deals you'll find right now. 

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.

Memorial Day and iPhone deals

Memorial Day is right around the corner and the first Apple Memorial Day sales are now live. We expect to see bigger trade-in credits from the likes of Verizon and AT&T. Also, we expect to see more freebies from the likes of Visible. Make sure to follow our Memorial Day sales coverage for the best deals of the season. 

Best iPhone deals right now

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Pro: up $800 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon has an epic iPhone deal right now. For a limited time, you can get up to $800 off your iPhone 13 purchase when you trade-in your old phone and open a new unlimited line. 

iPhone 13: up to $200 gift card @ Visible
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 2022, iPhone 13 family, and more. 

iPhone 13: up to $700 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ AT&T
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. 

iPhone 13 mini: free w/ trade-in + unlimited @ Verizon
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. 

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile
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. 

Visible 15-day trial: free @ Visible
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.

iPhone 13: up to $1,000 off w/ trade-in + unlimited @ T-Mobile
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

iPhone SE (2022): free $200 gift card @ Visible
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. 

iPhone SE (2022): free w/ new line + unlimited @ Verizon
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. 

iPhone SE (2022): $11/month w/ trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T's iPhone SE 2022 sales have started. The carrier is offering Apple's new phone for $11.95/month (on a 36-month installment plan) with trade-in. The new 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. 

iPhone SE 2022: $379 @ Cricket
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. 

iPhone SE (2022): up to $197 off @ Walmart
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.

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

iPhone 12: 50% off w/ unlimited @ AT&T
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. 

iPhone 12: up to $350 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
At Verizon, trade in your old phone and sign up for an Unlimited plan and you'll get up to $350 off your iPhone 12 purchase. It's one of the hottest iPhone deals we've seen. During Verizon's current promo, you can even trade in damaged phones. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max: was $1,099 now $799 @ Boost Mobile
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. 

iPhone 12: up to $830 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile
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. 

iPhone 12: free $150 gift card @ Visible
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. 

iPhone 12 mini Purple: $0/month w/ trade-in + new line @ AT&T
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. 

iPhone 12: up to $500 off w/ trade-in @ Apple Store
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. 

iPhone 12 mini w/ unlimited data: $60/month @ Mint
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

iPhone 11: free  w/ Unlimited @ Verizon
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. 

iPhone 11: $299 w/ two months payment @ Cricket
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. 

iPhone 11: $10/month w/ Unlimited @ AT&T
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. 

iPhone 11 Pro : $8/month w/ new line + Unlimited @ Verizon
Verizon is offering a wide variety of iPhone deals. For instance, you can get the iPhone 11 Pro for just $8/month when you open a new line with Unlimited. That's one of the best iPhone deals we've seen for Apple's former flagship. (Which is still a very capable smartphone). 

iPhone 11 Pro: up to $700 off w/ trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering up to $700 in bill credits spread out over 30 months when you buy an iPhone 11 Pro and trade in a qualifying phone. You're required to port-in your current phone number and open a new line of data under AT&T's unlimited plan. Alternatively, you can get $400 in bill credits when you add a line without porting in a number. 

iPhone 11: free w/ 2 new lines @ T-Mobile
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

iPhone XR: free w/ new line @ Verizon
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 the iPhone XR for free. That's $499 off and one of the best cheap iPhone deals we've seen. 

iPhone XR: was $499 now $349 @ Boost Mobile
Boost has discounts on many iPhone models, knocking $150 off the cost of everything from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 8. But the iPhone XR is a pretty compelling buy at Boost, since this discount lets you get a new 6.1-inch iPhone for just $349.

iPhone XR: free w/ unlimited @AT&T
Sign up for any Unlimited plan on AT&T and you can get the iPhone XR for free. A 30-month installment plan is required for this iPhone deal. 

Refurb iPhones

Refurb iPhone: from $639 @ Apple Store
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

Otterbox iPhone cases: up to 55% off @ Amazon
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. 

Spigen Crystal Flex Case for iPhone 12 mini: was $14 now $7 @ Verizon
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.

Case-Mate iPhone cases: up to 50% off @ Amazon
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. 

ZAGG iPhone screen protectors: up to 50% off @ Amazon
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. 

Incipio Duo Case iPhone 12: was $29 now $20 @ Amazon
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.