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Best iPhone SE deals for May 2022

iPhone SE 2022
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iPhone SE deals can be found across various retailers this month. The iPhone SE 3 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 with a new unlimited line. (No trade-in required). Likewise, Visible is offering a free $200 gift card and free AirPods 3 with any iPhone SE 2022 purchase. These are among the best iPhone SE deals you can get right now. 

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

Memorial Day and iPhone SE deals

Memorial Day is almost here. That means the first Apple Memorial Day sales are now live. We expect to see further price cuts on the current batch of iPhone SE deals. Expect to see bigger trade-in credits from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. 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. 

Today's best iPhone SE deals at a glance

Best iPhone SE 2022 deals 

iPhone SE 2022: free $200 gift card @ Visible

iPhone SE 2022: free $200 gift card @ Visible
Free AirPods 3: For a limited time, Verizon-owned Visible is offering a free $200 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone SE 2022. Gift card options include Amazon, Best Buy, Lowe's, Mastercard, and more. This deal is also valid on the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 11. Plus, you'll get a free pair of AirPods 3 ($179 value). Gift cards are available while supplies last. 

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

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

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile: get 6 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 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): $11/month w/ trade-in @ AT&T

iPhone SE (2022): $11/month w/ trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T's iPhone SE 2022 deals 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: up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile

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. 

Best iPhone SE (2020) deals from carriers

Mint Mobile: get 6 free months @ Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile: get 6 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 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: was $399 now $49 @ Cricket

iPhone SE 2020: was $399 now $49 @ Cricket
Cricket Wireless is offering the iPhone SE 2020 for just $49 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

iPhone SE 2020: $11/month  w/ new line @ Verizon
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

Unlocked iPhone SE 2022: was $399 now $395 @ Walmart

Unlocked iPhone SE 2022: 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: up to $350 off @ Xfinity Mobile

iPhone SE: up to $350 off @ Xfinity Mobile
When you buy an iPhone SE at Xfinity, the carrier will give you up to $350 back 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). 

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.